THE SUMMER I GOT A LIFE by Mark Fink

THE SUMMER I GOT A LIFE

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Andy Crenshaw, 15, “gets a life” the summer he and his older brother, Brad, spend two weeks in rural Wisconsin at their free-spirited Uncle Jim and Aunt Karen’s rundown farm. Stuck with no Internet or cable television, Andy decides to suck it up and enjoy his offbeat, ex-hippie relatives. Things perk up after he meets 16-year-old Laura, a locally well-known classical pianist who is confined to a wheelchair. The two hit it off, and Laura’s physical disability is not an impediment to their growing romance, which evolves as they swim, bowl and go to the local fair. A parallel plot involves the friction between Andy and Brad, which improves because of Andy’s relationship with Laura. The comic, over-the-top exploits (a pig gets loose in the local mall) are nicely paired with the light romance. The brisk pacing helps to compensate for the predictable story line and will aid in the appeal to reluctant readers, particularly boys. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-934813-12-6
Page count: 196pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2009