Dear Sweet Pea
Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined tha ...more
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Sweet Pea liked the way things were, but they wouldn't stop changing. First, she lost her best friend, Kiera, to the popular older girls. Then, her parents got divorced, and she was forced to split time between their "mirror" homes. It also seemed as though she was losing her new best friend, Oscar, because she was keeping secrets from him. Sweet Pea had all the answers for everyone else's dilemmas, but could she solve her own problems?
It was love at firs ...more
I had high hopes for Julie Murphy's first middle grade novel because I am a huge fan of Dumplin' and Puddin'. Friends, it was everything I hoped it would be.
Sweet Pea is a small town Texas girl with a lot on her plate right now. Her parents have just gotten divorced because her dad realized that he's gay. Things are heating up in the war against her former best friend who ditched her for some older, cooler, thinner? girls. And her neighbor, Miss Flora Mae the eccentric author ...more
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I love this author and she is an auto-buy for me. I have read everything Murphy has written and loved ever word. When I heard she was writing a MG book, I knew I would read that as well. You know what? It’s just as adorable, hard hitting, though provoking, and relevant as you would image it to be. This did not disappoint.
Sweet Pea, aka Patricia (but don’t call her that), is ...more
This story was so authentic and hopeful, full of growth and love. It perfectly handles body image, sexuality, friendship, family and growing up and moving on. When reading any middle grade book, I always hope that the characters— the kids— really come across as kids, and not as the adult author maybe mistakingly writing them to be more advanced for their age. Sweet Pea and her friends are authenti ...more
Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco is having a bit of a rough year. Her parents are getting divorced, she's got friend drama in middle school and on top of all that she starts answering letters written to her neighbor's advice column. (without permission)
I'm a sucker for a cute cat and her cat Cheese and all his antics made me smile.
I Love how hard her parents try to make things okay for her when they just ...more
When Sweet Pea’s parents announce their divorce and promise her nothing will change she didn’t expect them to set up nearly identical houses for her on the sa ...more
Thirteen year old Sweet Pea is just trying to make to through 7th grade when her parents announce they’re getting a divorce. They try to make the transition as smooth as possible, by moving into almost identical houses on the same street - the only house that separates them belongs to ...more
I loved the subplot with advice columns. I'm so fascinated by those columns and I would really like a companion novel about Miss Flora Mae. I loved that lady, and I need to know every bit of her backstory.
But most of all, I love Sweet Pea. She's fantastic and is dealing with so m ...more
Perfect middle grade ...more
This is a fun read, very much in line with Murphy ...more
I am in love with DEAR, SWEET PEA. It has so much going for it -- beautiful and complex friendships, changing family dynamics, fat representation and body positivity, and a whole host of interesting characters. Each one of them grows so much over the course of the book and even with so much explored it never feels didactic. I think this book has the makings of a middle grade classic, and I cannot wait to share it with my readers!
Honestly Julia Murphy is a hit or miss for me. Actually, more on the miss side. I’ve yet to try Dumplin’ but I DNF’d Side Effects May Vary and Ramona Blue. However, hearing about Dear Sweet Pea today I can’t help but think this will be the one that will end up being a hit!
I got an ARC of this book at Bookcon via the publisher; all opinions are my own.
Read my review at Bookish Adventures.