Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
Danette Haworth's debut middle grade novel is perfect for kids like Violet who aren't in a hurry to grow up, girls who are still more interested in mud pies than makeup. Violet faces her share of issues -- a long time boy friend whose really nice eyes she's suddenly noticing, a new girl ...more
Now, I'm 50 and a long way removed from those days, but I really liked the characters and really got involved with their "relatively" small troubles. There's a lot of honest ...more
When you've lived in the same sleepy town your whole life, you get real comfortable. As comfortable as a favorite pair of old shoes that you've broken in good. And that's just the way Violet Raines feels about Mitchell Hammock, Florida. What's the point in a new pair of shoes that'll just blister your feet?
It's the summer before junior high and Violet looks forward to spending lazy days with her best friend, Lottie, and feeding the fish under the ...more
For Violet, the summer before middle school is a tumultuous one. A new girl moves to town from Detroit and threatens to get between her and her best friend, lightning strikes her best friends house, and the relationship is changing with her friend Eddie. Coming of age is never an easy thing.
Despite all the great reviews, this coming of age story is no Judy Blume. The country dialect seemed forced and the main character's voice was inconsistent. Sometimes she sounds too young for he ...more
The characters are likable and believable, especially Melissa. In fact, I was drawn in by the trouble brewing between her and Violet. However, the story's pa ...more
Although it's not amazing Haworth's first novel for children is a lovely easy read. Violet's life is interrupted when a new girl moves into town and tries to steal ger best friend away from her. Violet struggles w/ feelings of anger as her best friend appears to change but she soon realizes that people can change but still remain close.
Young girls will relate to Violets sensitivity while parents can apprecai ...more
While this is more of a juvenile fiction book, this is a book I've had for a few years and read multiple times throughout the time I've had it. Don't be turned away from the cliche sound of the back cover; this book is about hanging onto a friendship you so desperately want to keep, but feeling like your friend is being pulled away from you like someone else.
If you ever need a quick, one-day read about beginning to become a teenager and the way your friends change along the way, definitely give...more
I absolutely fell in love with Danette Haworth's writing and look forward to reading so much more from her!
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