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A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
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Oct 03, 2011

it was amazing
Recommended for: Anyone who loves to laugh and/or reminisce memories.
Read from August 25 to September 16, 2011

"A Girl Named Zippy offers a rare and welcome treat: a memoir of a happy childhood."

I am not a big reader... at all, so for me to say the following a rare occurrence. This book was actually assigned to me by my creative writing teacher for a memoir project we were working on. I was not looking forward to reading it, but once I started, I couldn't stop. This book is a wonderful, fast, and easy read. The beginning starts out describing the town Zippy lived in, her childhood, and how she was given the nickname "Zippy". Her stories, for the most part, go in chronological order. Because of this, the reader does not get confused on her age or who any of the people mentioned in the book are. Haven Kimmel is very descriptive within her stories, which makes the book come to life. Although the a lot of her stories are unexpected and unheard of, they are also somewhat easy to relate to. The book has a few points of mystery that makes the audience wonder if the story they are reading is actually true or just a made of memory.

I really enjoyed this memoir because it was a so-called "happy" book. It was very up beat and never got dull or boring. At some points while reading it, I would find myself laughing out loud. At one time, while with family, I wondered if they thought I was strange for laughing randomly, but thankfully no one was paying attention. Haven Kimmel's stories are extremely entertaining and keep the reader wanting more. By the time I was almost done with the book, I no longer wanted to read it because I did not want it to be over. I would read this book again and again. If you are just looking for a good read on a rainy day, or any day for that matter, this is definitely the book of choice.

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Mrs. Adkins Nice job. 100.

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