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A Tinfoil Sky by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
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Dec 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: galleys, read-in-2011

Whenever I review a book with middle grade leanings I tend to find myself using the same words. "Sweet" and "cute" but neither of those describe Tinfoil Sky. When I searched my mind the word that I came up with was heartfelt. This book is full of feeling, genuine and messy yet realistic.

What does it feel like to be in the same place today as you were yesterday, as you will be tomorrow? Cecily liked change. Lots of it. Mel, on the other hand, did not.

In some ways this is a very sad story. Mel and her mom Cecily leave in the middle of the night, running from Cecily's "creepy" boyfriend. They return to Cecily's "home" a word that Mel's not really ever experienced. The thought of a "home" conjures up happy imaginings-- white picket fences, gardens, homemade cookies and everything Mel's only experienced in storybooks.

But when they arrive, Gladys is not the grandma of her dreams. She's bitter and distrusting, still damaged from Cecily's past betrayals. She's not the picturesque grandma that you normally see, but something more realistic. (Not saying that there aren't really wonderful grandmas, but it is rare to see a fictional grumpy grandma which also exist). Mel quickly realizes home is not everything she expected.

The relationships between the main characters are complicated, landing in that weird place where love and pain meet. I like the fact that even though it's for a younger audience it doesn't simplify or dumb down the complex relationships. Family is never simple and usually carries more baggage than a middle grade book cares to deal with. But Tinfoil Sky is willing to explore a very broken family.

Tinfoil Sky is an MG book that tackles real world problems as seen through the eyes of a 12 year old. It ventures into the subject of abuse, homelessness and eventually forgiveness without ever becoming hopeless or dark. In the end Tinfoil Sky is a hopeful book without becoming unrealistic.

I want to compliment the cover art for this book. It's bold, simple and corresponds to the story. Very eye catching!
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Reading Progress

December 21, 2011 – Started Reading
December 21, 2011 – Shelved
December 21, 2011 –
4.0% "I like the beginning with the pondering about what home really is. Also I should mention I love the cover. Simple clean graphic design with a lovely color scheme. Stands out in the sea of gigantic faces and girls in prom dresses."
December 21, 2011 –
41.0% "So far I'm liking it. It's a sad little book in some ways, but I feel for Mel."
December 21, 2011 –
50.0% "I'm used to grandmas in YA always being warm and fuzzy, with cookies and cats. It's kind of nice to see a different sort of grandma. She's an angry old hag at this point."
December 22, 2011 – Shelved as: galleys
December 22, 2011 – Finished Reading
December 23, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011

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Cyndi Thanks for the review Cassi. Best to you,Cyndi

Cassi aka Snow White Haggard Thanks for the book! I enjoyed it.

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