Aug 12, 12
Read on July 27, 2012
In general, I am not a fan of "coming of age" stories. There's usually a life lesson to be learned, and it's usually beaten over the readers' heads.
Jennifer Gooch Hummer's
is not that kind of coming-of-age book.
Taking place in the late '80s, the book is the story of Apron, a teen who's completely lost in a sea of change. Her mother is dead. Her best friend is hanging out with the popular people. Her father is marrying a woman who hates her. And no one seems to realize how miserable she is.
She meets a gay couple who run a florist shop in town, and through their support and understanding, gains a temporary reprieve from being around her new stepmother and her problems at home. She soon realizes, however, that there are even bigger problems than she has, and that love doesn't overcome everything.
Gooch Hummer doesn't hammer the lessons of
over your head, and Apron, aside from her unusual name, is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. On the surface, it should be an ordinary book, but its so heartfelt and so believable that you find yourself hoping for miracles that don't always happen. This is one of those quiet novels that sneaks up on you and steals your heart.