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4.1  ·  Rating details ·  288 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
It's the middle of summer in Mirabeau, Texas, but already Garnet Hubbard looks forward to fall -- to entering seventh grade and becoming a teenager at last. With Opal, her beautiful and popular fourteen-year-old sister, as her guide, Garnet is sure to have a great year. But everything changes when their mother, Melanie, packs them up and heads for Nashville, determined to ...more
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published June 20th 2006)
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Grace Anderson
As this book ended, It showed that their mother-daughter relationship was not like any other. Everything turned out and it showed the mom how much her daughters really cared about her.
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kathrynn
This was a really good book, because I liked how the author wrote and how she built up the plot/suspense in the story. I could never tell what was going to happen next.
Rita Soto
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maya Abiram
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Semiprecious, by D. Anne Love, is an amazing story about friendship and love. She makes her message loud and clear: True family isn't the people you live with, and it isn't your mother or father. It is just who cares for you the most. Two sisters, Garnet and Opal Hubbard are being transformed, from their normal happy life in Mirabeau, Texas, to a rough insecure one in Willow Flats, Oklahoma. Their mother leaves them to become a country singer in Nashville, and their father is injured, so they mu ...more
Ella Dorman
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book Semiprecious by D. Anne Love is a book about hardships and how to get through tough situations. The first main character is Garnet who is a seventh grader with a love for art, but has trouble making friends. She is somebody that most kids her age could relate to. I loved how her life wasn't perfect just like nobody in the real world's is. Her sister, Opal, is very popular at her school and loves her sister very much. In this book, Garnet and Opal's mom leaves them at her sisters house t ...more
Lauren Creighton
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q2-2011
I thought that this book had a great story line to it. It wasn't stuff that I could like guess what is going to happen next. Garnet and her sister Opal's small town lives change when their mother decides to follow her dreams. They go from a small town in Texas to a small town in Oklahoma, to live with their Aunt Julia. Still being in a small town setting, isn't what the girls wanted to start school in. Especially since Opal is starting high school, and Garnet is beginning jr. high. As for their ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

Garnet Hubbard is having a fairly good summer and is even excited about the prospect of entering seventh grade in the fall. Her life in Mirabeau, Texas, is filled with family and friends. All of that changes overnight.

Self-centered Melanie Hubbard, Garnet's mother, decides to seek her fortune as a country singer in Nashville. Because Garnet's father works on an oil tanker in the Gulf, Garnet and her sister are dropped off at Aunt
Savannah Stripling
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Garnet, her sister, Opal, and their mother, Melanie. They all lived together but then one day her mother decided she wanted to pursue her lifelong dream on becoming a singer in Nashville. So they packed up and their mom dropped them off at her sisters house in Oklahoma telling them that she would be back after she got settled in Nashville. But days had passed and there was no sign of their mom. Then weeks passed and weeks turned into forever. Then they realized sh ...more
Garnet and Opal are happy in their sheltered existence of small-town Texas. But when their mother decides to uproot them to travel to Nashville to make a name for herself in music. The girls are not happy, but they really don't have a choice, do they? They are unceremoniously dropped off at their Aunt Julia's house and mom doesn't even stay for dinner. Eventually the girls realize that their mother never intended to come back for them. Even when their father is gravelly injured, the only thing t ...more
Erin Sterling
2.5 maybe. The book was kind of depressing, although I didn't get into most of the characters very well so it was less depressing than if I had thought about it more. Garnett is almost thirteen and lives a decent life in Mirabeau, Texas in the 1960s with her older (popular) sister, dad who is gone much of the time for work, and a mom who always wanted to be a famous singer and has extreme mood swings. But when her mom decides to follow her dream of singing in Nashville after a fight with her dad ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Good book! Garnet and her sister Opal live in Texas with their parents. Dad is often away from work. One morning, their mom decides she wants to move to Nashville to pursue her singing career. She drops the girls off at their aunt Julia's house in Oklahoma, promising to be back once she's succeeded. Julia takes the girls in, but doesn't have the money to care for them. As they begin to settle in and get used to each other, their father is in an accident. Opal is beautiful and well- liked, she se ...more
Sisters Opal and Garnet, ages 14 and 12, are uprooted from their home and left with an aunt they barely know so that their mother can pursue her dream of country music stardom. It's a rough age to live through at the best of times, and it's made so much more difficult by the abrupt changes they're forced to accept. The story centers on Garnet, and is told from her point of view, but my favorite part of the book is the sisters' relationship. It just rang true to me; the sisters deal with their an ...more
Kim Waller
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was quite strange. In my opinion, the ending was horrible. The last couple of pages were not very entertaining, and the very last sentence of the book was maybe one of my least favorite endings ever. I just didn't get it, I was hoping she would have explained more. I was disappointed. But overall, it was an okay book with detail. The lack of good vocabulary words is also quite sad. But I liked the plot and the way D. Anne Love payed attention to the detail. Like I am learning in my Eng ...more
Edith Wood
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Depressing but catchy... I bought it for my sister but I read it before she even received it.
There is only one word that can describe Opal and Garnet's mother and it isn't flattering. I loved this book and I gave it to all of my friends to read as well.
This book could pluck any fluffy feathered high tailed bird of their cocky nest and bring them down to earth.
Brilliant but sad: authors have to draw their inspiration from somewhere and I dearly hope that no one had to ever go through this.
All an
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story of a mom who leaves her two girls with her sister while she chases her dream of being a star in Nashville. At one point, the main character talks about feelings of love and hate for her mother bouncing around inside her at the same time, and it was such a perfect description. I wish I had written down the page number so I could include an exact quote! The emotions in this book are so real you can taste 'em.
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great book . . . love that time period. With all the changes around her she just keeps holding onto HER BELIEFS. When Principal Conley comes in Miss Mendez's art room and goes on about communisum, she stands up for her painting for history. I feel that Garnet is not semiprecious, but brave for standing up for what she believes in.
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I just happened to pick this book up at the library. It actually was a fast read- I read in one day. I thought it was easy to get into. It is from the perspective of a 13 year old girl, so definitely a girl's book.
Naomi Gluck
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the best book I have ever read. One day, when I was at the library, I saw it on the shelf. I decided to read it, and I loved it. It was one of the most touching stories ever. I told my friend about it and she read it and loved it too. I was so happy I found this book.
10-11 Estrella
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
this book is about a family that is tearing apart...wich is really sad the two sisters are going through so much trouble they just wished they were back home with there daddy at the esnd of the school year they were both happy and sad to go back to dallas,texas to there old life
Adrianna Costello
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrensfiction
Set in the 60's, really nice atmosphere to this book. Sisters who are left with their aunt by their mother who runs off to fulfill Nashville dreams try to adjust to small-town life, being the outsiders...
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book about finding yourself and who you really are. It really touched me. D. Anne Love created a strong connection between the character and the reader. I love how Garnet keeps her head up through thick and thin and always has a positive face.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was darling! It is told in first-person from the point of view of 12 year-old Garnet. Her insights range from humorous to heartbreaking as she learns to live the painful decisions of her mother, while growing up in the changing times of the 60's. Great read for a young girl.
Scheele Prust
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I read it in 7th grade and I could really connect to it.
Sarah Key
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-or-before
D. Anne Love and I met almost two years ago now. I can see a lot of her in this book. It was the first book by her that I have ever read and it was my favorite by her.
Sep 12, 2008 added it
this one is like heres today if u read heres today, then u'll no
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing. I couldn't put it down! The characters were developed very well and i was never confused. I will definitely read it again!
Emma the Dork
May 24, 2009 rated it liked it
i didnt really enjoy it, but i dont know. it didnt really have a happy ending and it was really sad. its hard to give it a review.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It is a very sad, funny, and happy book all in one!!!
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never read a book twice in my life !!! I made an exception for the exceptional book!!!:)
Apr 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's pretty good... :-) I liked it!
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I was born in western Tennessee, the eldest of four children. My father was a lover of books who taught me to read even before I started school. My mother was (and still is!) the world’s best mom and a lover of music who sang in the kitchen as she taught me to cook.

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