GIRL, HERO by Carrie Jones

GIRL, HERO

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a quirky but deliberate voice both serious and funny, Lily navigates her complicated life by writing to John Wayne. Her beloved stepfather died “three hard years” ago, leaving Lily with a passive mother. Her father lives nearby, but she worries about his baby-blue stockings and bejeweled anklet. Add in the insecurity of starting high school, an old best friend who’s getting shallower all the time, a brother-in-law who’s battering her sister and a creepy man moving into the house, and Lily needs a hero. She tells herself to “Saddle up,” as Wayne plays Lily’s father/savior figure and role model simultaneously. New friends and a requited crush don’t override past and present threats, but they help. The use of a story of a white woman kidnapped by Indians as a contrapuntal device to highlight Lily’s mother’s passivity is somewhat problematic in this unabashedly left-leaning narrative, as is the use of images of fatness as indicators of evil. But readers will respond to the self-aware but vulnerable Lily as she grows over time into her own unique hero. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7387-1051-8
Page count: 312pp
Publisher: Flux
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008




MORE BY CARRIE JONES

ChildrenAFTER OBSESSION by Carrie Jones
by Carrie Jones
ChildrenDEAR BULLY by Megan Kelley Hall
by Megan Kelley Hall
ChildrenNEED by Carrie Jones
by Carrie Jones