2 AM at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
What’s it about?
Madeline Altimiri is a nine-year old budding jazz singer living in Philadelphia. She is mourning the death of her mother and the loss of her father to depression. Her single-minded determination to sing ties all the threads of this spirited novel together.
What did it make me think about?
The story made me think of how deeply love can run: love of music, love of family and first loves are all explored in this story.
Should I read it?
The characters in this book are quirky and interesting. Ms. Bertino juggles lots of plot lines adeptly. Having said that- the novel was spotty at times. There are so many characters- it was hard to keep them all straight! Then the author throws in magical realism as if it was part of a writing assignment. All in all though the plot and characters kept me engaged and rooting for them all. I will look forward to reading Ms. Bertino's next book.
"Madeline prefers to spend this and every recess alone, singing scales under her breath, walking laps up and down the parking lot. Madeline has no friends: Not because she contains a tender grace that fifth graders detect and loathe. Not because she has a natural ability that points her starward, though she does. Madeline has no friends because she is a jerk."
Could this book have been incredible with a few more rewrites?
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Braun Wofka
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!