Saturday, April 1, 2017

Apartment 1986

This was not what I was expecting at all based on the description when I requested it - and that's ok.

Callie is having a rough time of it.  Although initially her family's move to the city seemed like an okay thing now it's a hassle - her dad has mysteriously lost his job, her brother is being bullied, she isn't really sure if she has any friends, and she doesn't really like her new school.  For awhile she is able to escape on the roof of her school to relax but she ends up being late to class.  One morning, realizing that she is going to be late to school and that this will amount to her parents finding out about all her tardies, Callie just decides to skip school and go to a museum.  There she meets a cool new friend.  During the next week Callie skips school every day - she is able to keep her parents from finding out, she gets to know Cassius, and she learns more about her grandmother about her desire to live in and maybe fix the past.

What I liked about the book was that Callie learned a lot about regrets and forgiveness and that often people has problems and issues that they hide.

What I didn't like was that Callie was able to get away with skipping school for a week - really?  Also the principal at her brother's school was awful.  Callie also used some sayings incorrectly but it was hard to tell if it was an editing glitch and intentional or just her quirkiness.  I noticed this more at the beginning of the book.  

Overall I enjoyed the book but it took me awhile to get rolling.

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