I don't have words to talk about my love for Jerry Spinelli. He's not a hugely talked about YA author and most people only know him as the author of Stargirl - which is definitely one of my favourite books.
When I was in Paris, I spotted his name in the YA section of Shakespeare and Co and as it was a nice floppy paperback in a slightly larger size for only €11 I knew I had to buy it.
Cammie O'Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she's the warden's daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women's exercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends.
But even though Cammie's free to leave the prison, she's still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn't think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she's willing to work with what she's got.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I certainly didn't realise it was historical fiction until I began reading but although I much prefer modern settings I really enjoyed reading the 50s. I'm not sure why I've chosen to review this book because I quite honestly don't have the words to do so.
I just really wanted to let you all know how much I love Jerry Spinelli and how his stories just resonate with me. He writes contemporary the way I love. No fluffy romance. His stories exist purely to invite us into the life of his character for a brief period of their life - though in this case we do get a bit of a look farther ahead. There's no major plot twist or event it's just Cammie's life for a few months. I know that must sound dull to some people but it's not. There's still things happening and whatnot but sometimes it's nice to read a book and not spend it anticipating this big *thing* happening. You just read and live this life with the character.
Ughhh I love it. I suppose this isn't a review it's just me typing away about how I loved it.
My reading slacked a little last month and though I'm trying to pick it back up I've been in a bit of a fog and feeling pretty shit so I'm just going at my own pace and that's ok!
What have you guys been reading lately?