Running Through Sprinklers
Sara and Nadine.
Nadine and Sara.
It’s only ever been the two of them. Two halves of the same person. Best friends forever—until they aren’t.
Everything has changed this year. Nadine has suddenly skipped a grade and gone to high school without Sara. No matter how hard s ...more
This hits on friend loss/gain/growing up and it does an accurate job - losing my best friend when I was in Grade 5 and her moving away was one of the hardest things ever - luckily for me we still talk to this day (YAY best friends) but people grow apart and this book accurately portrays that.
Sara and Nadine have always had each other, since forever, or at least since they were small and both living on the same cul-de-sac, literally minutes away from each other. That is, until everything changed. It was seventh grade and they were both supposed to be starting together as they always did, until Nadine suddenly announces, almost right before school starts, that she is skipping a grade and going straight to high school. High school! They won't even be at the same school! Sara is distrau...more
Sara tells this story through her memories and things that are happening to her right now. The story takes place throughout one year, her last year of elementary school. She experiences many things, such as losing friends, making friends, puberty, and even a friend going missing.
Some of the things that Sara goes through are sad, but it reflects real life. Her friendship with her best friend, Nadine, breaks apart when Nadine is moved ahead a grad ...more
Decent enough tale of friends growing apart, probably set in the 1990s (there were several mentions of Cabbage Patch Dolls). The mystery of the missing boy seemed like it should take up more of the plot, especially since this could have used more of a framework to propel the action.
My chief complaint with the book is that it was hard to believe these girls were in grade 7 or going into grade 7 because they acted more like kids in grade 4 or 5.
Me: It's sunny today.
Nadine: Very nice.
Me: Let's eat ice-cream.
At ice cream store: I got bubblegum ice-cream and Nadine got strawberry.
This book is cute and an easy read for sure but I found myself wondering what it’s actually about. Sara is immature and at times selfish, which could be perfectly normal but it just seemed to go against the grain of the story. At the beginning of the book her best friend (Nadine) skips a grade, landing her in high school. This is apparently the worst thing that can happen in Sara’s eyes and she spends a majority of the rest ...more
I have cousins who remind me a lot of Nadine and Jen (14 and 12) who I've grown up with. The older one is super smart and skipped a grade, and she's always there for me too.
Also, WHAT HAPPENED TO DANIEL? That should have been resolved. I don't think it ever was.
A good mentor text for contemporary fiction without too much technology. It feels a little like it was set in the early 80's. No cell phone or internet really included but still felt current.
This book took me back to my junior high days and reminded me how I never want to relive the feelings, hormones, and confusion over who I was and where I fit in. The author did a fantastic job of pulling me into the main character and making me care and empathize for her.