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The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
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Feb 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: teen-realistic
Read from February 24 to 25, 2012

I really loved this novel about coming of age, coming to terms with grief, growing up, & of course one amazing car. The Gold sisters' journey through the grieving process following the unexpected death of their father feels very real & is very affecting. Told in the third person but mainly from the viewpoint of well-behaved middle sister May, we see her struggling to keep her family together as the loss causes her mother's work hours to increase & older sister Brooks & younger sister Palmer to both act out in their own ways. While doing this, May is also desperately trying to learn how to drive - a real trick when no one in your family has time to teach you. It looks like she's going to have to rely on longtime family friend Pete, who has been annoying her to death their whole lives. But maybe things can change. Parental types should be warned that the teenagers in this story do typical teenage things: underage drinking, premarital sex, & the occasional very stupid illegal thing. It's all absolutely authentic, though.

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