A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This book's rich story will not only encourage tween and teen reading, but can also get readers thinking about what it means to be a friend, what it means to come of age, what they would do in Drew's place, and more.
There are plenty of coming-of-age themes as Drew learns what it means to be a true friend -- and make her own choices.
Positive Role Models
Drew makes some dangerous choices -- such as sneaking out of her room at night to help a boy on a quest, and stealing money from her mother's cheese shop -- but her heart is in the right place. She is learning to be a friend, and along the way learning to make her own choices -- and to believe that miracles do happen, even if they happen slowly.
Violence & Scariness
A young teen describes being robbed and having his cheek cut with a razor blade.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are definitely the beginnings of some feelings between Emmett and Drew; she notices his body when he jumps in the water, and he kisses her between her eyes. Also, Drew has a crush on the older boy at the shop, her friends talk about boys, and she learns her mother is dating someone.
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Some minor stuff, like "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some runaway teens smoke, adults drink wine at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the protagonist in this coming-of-age story is a 13-year-old girl who sometimes makes dangerous decisions. Not only does she befriend a runaway teen and hangs out with his friends who smoke and squat in an abandoned barn, but she also sneaks out of her room at night to help Emmett on a quest, and steals money from her mother's cheese shop. But her heart is in the right place; Drew is learning to be a friend, and along the way learning to make her own choices -- and to believe that miracles do happen, even if they happen slowly.
Is It Any Good?
The author weaves together many elements to create this tender coming-of-age story. There's the cheese shop, her mother's new mysterious boyfriend, the journal she finds left behind by her dead father, the accident that leaves her crush disabled, Emmett's family tragedy, his quest to find a miracle, and more -- not to mention Drew's many names -- she's also sometimes Robin or Birdie. But the author handles this material expertly, using these varied elements to create Drew's vivid world, and help readers understand her sometimes dangerous choices. Readers may have a hard time believing how emotionally vulnerable the young characters are with each other at times, but they will still be moved by the obvious love they share, especially Drew and Emmett, who learn what it takes to be true friends.
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