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If Only by Carole Geithner
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Apr 05, 12

bookshelves: 2012-book-challenge, ya, 2012-debut-author
Read in April, 2012

The premise of this book was very promising. Corinna's mom has died after a long battle with cancer. Corinna is left to try to rebuild her life as a 7th grader without a mom.

The story got very emotional at times. It was hard at times to read Corinna's diary type stories about trying to figure out how to live life after her mom's death. Unfortunately, it felt to me like the book barely went anywhere. The author spent a lot of time on Corinna and her mom's story (which does make sense since this is the main story line in the story) and then rushed through or glossed over other parts that seem to me could have been expanded on and could have made this story much more interesting.

However, I must say that this is a perfect middle grade book for any youngster who has lost a loved one and has to try to figure out how to go on with life. It has a nice message and the author does a good job of showing how Corinna deals with this tragedy. It just wasn't a book for me.
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