Friday, August 29, 2014

"Kids don't do what they're told, they do what they see"

A Life of Bright Ideas review
Hippie, but tasty
Shame on me. I had A Life Of Bright Ideas (2012) by Sandra Kring lying around since Christmas (thanks again, Mom!), but with so many books to go through and so little time to do it in, I had it on the back burner. When I was packing for Turkey, though, I thought "Hm... this might be perfect pool reading!"

Turns out it was.

It's 1970. Eighteen-year-old Evelyn/Button has moved into her Grandma's old house following the death of her mother. Her Aunt Verdella and Uncle Rudy, who live across the street from her, take care of her whirlwind six-year-old brother since their grief-stricken father is not up for that anymore. Button leads a quiet life, working in her mother's bridal shop and helping her Aunt and Uncle where she can. When her wild and gutsy childhood friend Winnalee arrives at her steps one day, with an unexpected surprise in tow, their friendship is tested.

A Life Of Bright ideas is both fun and heartbreaking, and beautifully portrays how families deal with death, abuse and secrets, and how sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to move forward in life. The characters are relatable and well-thought-out, the story is touching, and the tone strikes a great balance between bittersweetness and humor. Kring's endearing writing will quickly grab a hold of you, and before you know, you'll have blazed through all 416 pages. 

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