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What happens when the keeper of your most embarrassing secrets starts dating your dad?

Sofia wonders if 14 might be the worst possible age to lose your mom. Talking with her dad about puberty and s-e-x is super-awkward (even though he is a gynecologist). And when she wants to talk about her mom, her friends don't know what to say and her dad gets sad.

When Sofia discovers De
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Karlita | Tale Out Loud Hi Carol! :) I receive an arc of your novel Speed of Life and was just done writing my thoughts on it. I'm not only loving the cover but I indeed love…moreHi Carol! :) I receive an arc of your novel Speed of Life and was just done writing my thoughts on it. I'm not only loving the cover but I indeed love the story! :) I'll be waiting for this to be published because I think this is a must-have must-buy book! Keep it coming! :) (less)

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Beatrice Masaluñga
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Though it's been a year her mother passed away, fourteen year old Sofia Wolfe misses her badly. She and her father are still coping over the loss. She feels lonely without her mother's presence and she doesn't know how she'll express her feelings to her father. After Katherine Baird or well known as Dear Kate, an advice columnist at a teen magazine visited their school, she decided to email her
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Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
(Note: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publishers and author.)

Speed of Life is coming of age book for age group between middle grade and YA. This is perfect summer read for teens (for girls only). The book is about life of Sofia after her mom’s death, her grief and struggle, feelings, family drama, and teenage stuff. The age when she needs a mother the most, is not around and about how after all she gone through will climb the mounta
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K.
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
*Edit, 09/23/2018: It's been a long time since I wrote this review. Looking back at it, I feel like I should be more specific, or at least give a better explanation.

I was looking forward to this book, but I didn't expect the main character to be so young—and to act even younger. I feel like this is much more like MG. I said that in my original review, which I'm not going to edit.

The quote I mentioned in my original review is what really made me feel like this was not going to work for me. It was
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Jess
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
* 4.6 STARS*
I really enjoyed this novel! I was a bit nervous that I was going to find the main character immature because she was 14. I often read books where the main character is at least 16. Then, I realized that it wasn’t even a year ago that I was 14 and went through similar moments. I really liked that the chapters were months. It allowed for me to really dive into Sofia’s life! Many times I’ll wonder about the rest of a character’s “life” beyond the pages, and I was lucky to experience an
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Hafsa | حفصہ
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-books
Disclaimer: Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley.

This was ADORABLE. If I had to sum my thoughts about this then I'd say it literally was the best emotional, nostalgic and relatable roller coaster ride down the memory lane of my early teen years. AND I enjoyed reading it a lot!

There were so many amazing things about this book that I appreciated and one of those was the diversity in this book. I noticed that the writer tried to have a distinguished, diverse set of characters
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Karlita | Tale Out Loud
“Sometimes life ends when you don’t want it to, and sometimes it starts when you don’t want it to.”

Transition. Change. Acceptance.

Death was inevitable as we all say. It takes a lot of courage, a lot of time to heal wounds and a lot of time to bring back the pieces of a shattered heart. But even so, once broken nothing can make it as whole as it is. It just gets better and stronger and wholer the next time it gets the pace of pain, hurt and sorrow.

Speed of Life is a beautiful story de
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Ashley
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, ebook, 5-stars, 2017
This was precious. As soon as I had read the summary, I was expecting a good read, and I wasn't disappointed. The story was touching, the characters were great, it was an interesting read. I especially liked how it took place over a year, with each chapter being a month is Sofia's life. And the range of emotions I felt while reading! There were so many times I was holding back tears (both from sadness and from happiness) but there were also some really funny parts - intentional or not. ("Oh no! ...more
E2 Michael
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made it to my current list of my three favorite books! I enjoyed this book deeply. Just a warning for you people, it's a bit grown up. Anyway, in the book, the main character is very mournful of her mother's death. This is like me because when something bad happens, I spend very long mourning and praying about it, and can't seem to get over it sometimes. This is like my uncle because when his application to four ivy league colleges failed, he mourned for so long about it, and even afte ...more
Brooke Snow
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a gem! I loved the main character, Sofia, and found her endearing and an honest representation of a 14-year old girl. At times her best friend Kiki, was a bit corny, and some of the dialogue was just a bit off, but overall this book rang true to some one who spends a lot,of time with pre-teens and teens. I looked forward to reading it and thought about it when I had to put it down to actually get on with my life.

Brief Summary: Sofia is a 14-year old living in New York City. She atte
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Lisa Dobra
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
Sofia lost her mother eight months ago and is still reeling from the loss. Her friends are supportive and try to get her out of her shell, but she's just not ready to move on yet. After an advice columnist comes to her school for an assembly, she decides to write to her to ask her questions she can't bear to run by her dad, or even her best friends. The two form a correspondence and she begins to feel better... until she uncovers a secret that turns her world upside down once again.

Speed of Life
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Speed of Life by Carol Weston, 329 pages. Sourcebooks, 2017. $16.99

Language: R (56 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG

BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS – OPTIONAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Death is unavoidable, but you aren’t supposed to have to deal with your mother dying while you’re in middle school. Nevertheless, that is Sofia’s reality. As Sofia navigates this new world without her mother—and everything her mother would have done and would have said when her dad seems to be clueless—Sofia
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Karen Lausa
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Luckily, I read this book early because my bookstore had an ARC (advanced reader's copy) and let me grab it! As a mom, I can tell you that it’s perfect for that tween age. Not a kid novel, but not a young adult novel either (and yes, I know many kids are 12 going on 20). Speed of Life follows one year in the life of a girl who lost her mother eight months earlier and now befriends an advice columnist. I was a big fan of the author’s first book, Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, ...more
Alyson Schafer
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This summer, I read Carol Weston's book while sipping morning coffee at the cottage. It was a perfect kick off to my summer. Carol's characters are immediately likeable. The situations portrayed are realistic and allow a parent to step inside the emotional world of a tweens grief over the death of her mother, her own first love, parental dating, moving, step-sibling and moving along.

I hope you'll take the time to read her book as an enjoyable work of fiction that will surly provide educational i
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Adam Sockel
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as prep for an upcoming podcast and I was absolutely blown away by how attached to these characters I was. The book is for pre-teen to early teenagers but I would recommend that readers of any age pick this up. It teaches young kids how to handle loss (the death of a parent) and I think it also will help adults better understand what is going through the mind of teens as they deal with difficult situations.
Maria
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The 411:

This is a story that called for me to read it. I couldn't put this book down even in the middle of my very busy mommy, work and blog life. There is so much I love about a girl named Sofia who like me lost her mom as a young teenager. I was going on 12. At times I found myself re-reading passages as I remember those firsts without my mom. Oddly enough the dates resonated with me. Sofia's mom died April 8th. So did my mom. Her mom's birthday was in June. So was my mom's. Sofia and Maria rh
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mindful.librarian ☀️
Reading Sofia's story brought me instantly back to my days of pouring over YM and Seventeen magazines in the early 90s ~ all of the angst and uncertainty combined with absolute hope that growing up would make life easier, and that magazines and advice columns could decode the entire process. This book is about grief, to be sure, but it's at the same time an incredibly happy book, as Sofia manages to miss and remember her mom so poignantly while finally experiencing a whole new life. I loved the ...more
Roger McNamee
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Speed of Life. When I was halfway through, I started thinking: I really care about these characters: I want to be part of their journey; I want them to find a happy ending. I was hoping the author could pull it off and I'm very glad to say that Speed of Life finishes perfectly. I highly recommend this novel and I imagine it would be especially ideal for a girl who has lost someone she loved--or for that matter a reader experiencing love for the first time.

Special bonus: Speed of Life gi
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Kappy
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I took my ARC on a family weekend getaway and had just gotten started when my 14 year old niece found it and asked if she could read it. Her Mom had been complaining that she had only been reading required school books (versus for pleasure) the last year or so. As you can see from the attached picture at the airport, I don’t think she put it down from the time she started till the time she finished. She texted me a fairly long text with her feedback… Couple of comments I pulled from the notes we ...more
Gina's Library
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This is a great book for any young teenager that is dealing with the death of a parent. Sophia is learning to live without her mom. Just when she is getting use to it being just her and her dad, her dad starts to date someone new. Sophia’s world is turned upside down yet again.

I got so lost in this book I read it in a day. Thankfully I never had to experience what Sophia did. My heart did go out to her though and all the other characters. I didn’t want the book to end. This is a great coming of
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Amber
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I requested this book, it was listed as YA, however, I felt that it could be seen as a book for a younger age. Definitely not a child's novel by any means due to the content, but 11-12 would be a good starting point.

I found myself really getting attached to the characters, and I found my heart breaking for Sophia. It's an excellent read for those who are going through a significant loss in their lives, and how you can cope with big changes ie. a parent dating again, or changing schools. Yo
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Sarah
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked how the main character is so real. It’s a year and a day in the life of a girl who goes from age 14 to age 15, middle school to high school. Sofia’s mother died when she was 13, and her friends don’t get that this is not something she’s going to get over right away. They live in New York City and push her to go out and have fun but Sofia doesn’t feel ready. She starts writing to an advice columnist (the author of the book is an advice columnist) and the book has some fun surprises ...more
Drew
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*NOTE* I got an e-book arc of this book from the lovely people at Netgalley

Wow, what an amazing diverse book. Being half Spanish my self this books is very important. It follows Sofia, who is half Spanish, as she goes thru a new life without a mom. It will make you laugh, cry, laugh, and then cry again. I cried on the first chapter and the last one. Please go buy this book when it comes out! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE. Carol, I am so feliz for you!
Terri
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The narrator of this story is Sofia, a fourteen-year-old girl whose mother died eight months before the story begins. Over the next year Sofia is healing from this loss and dealing with many changes, including her father beginning a relationship with someone else. The book touches on several issues including abortion and teenage relationships in a straight forward non-judgemental way. I would recommend to 6th grade and up.
Karina
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fresh and funny book! I loved the main character Sofia, a 14yo who is grieving the death of her mother. When her father starts dating an advice columnist that Sofia herself has reached out to for advice via email, Sofia has to sort through all the emotions of watching her father move on when she still misses her mom so much. A great, relatable story filled with humor and heart.
MissBecka Gee
This is a wonderful portrayal of grief and how the most mundane things become difficult while healing. The story is told through the eyes of a fourteen year old girl who is learning how to live life after the sudden death of her mother. There is of course a sad undertone to the story, but it is beautifully written and I enjoyed it immensely.
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Riley Mayer
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
loved this book. perfect combination of tragedy and love. although it was slightly predictable, it was still well written enough that i wanted to keep flipping the pages. Loved how she really gave each character a unique personality and stuck with it the whole time
Susannah Meadows
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carol Weston writes with so much charm and realness, we'll read anything she writes. After enjoying the Ava and Pip books so much, we're excited for more from Weston. Can't wait to get it! ...more
Leah B
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Leonard Kim
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Jonathan Hunt of Heavy Medal often wrote about what a Newbery winner that wasn't a middle-grade novel might look like. Now this isn't a Newbery contender in my opinion, but I think it's worth reading with the "Age Question" in mind. There is a way to read the Newbery manual that makes any book Newbery-eligible despite widespread societal norms about age-appropriateness: is there any imaginable 14yo who could read this? Yes? Then it's eligible. I don't accept this argument myself, but I can't den ...more
Alyssa P.
The Speed of Life is a good book for readers that want a descriptive text where you can visualize the story line and the characters. The main character Sofia, is a very relatable character from her nervousness starting her new school and leaving he roots in the city for the country. Sofia has had some boulders to climb her mom tragically died of cancer and it being a year later she still can't seem to get past and be her old self. It only makes Sofia's grieving process harder to learn that her f ...more
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