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Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
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Sep 05, 08

bookshelves: young-adult-fiction
Read in September, 2008

This was a nice, sweet verse novel that would appeal to reluctant girl readers. People treat Josie Wyatt differently becuase of her cerebral palsy. Some treat her with kid gloves, some assume she must be mentally handicapped and others just ignore her completely. Her home life is also atypical, due to work and school her single mom is never around, she spends most of her time with her outspoken, free spirited grandmother. However, things start to look up when a new boy named Jordan moves nearby and befriends Josie, seeing past everything that she feels makes her an outcast.

There were several poems included that really gave good brief insights into what life must be like for someone with cerebal palsy (especially when she is describing her left hand/arm and comparing it to a rubberband). Occassionally though, I did feel that she was a bit selfish. While characters with flaws are almost always preferable to those who are completely perfect and saintly, those brief selfish moments made me really dislike her.
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