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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
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it was amazing
bookshelves: mg-lgtbq, mg-realistic-fiction, award-winners
Read 2 times. Last read March 21, 2019.

This book was so wonderful, I'm sure I won't be able to do it justice. There's a lot going on in this book, but it is primarily about a 12-year old girl starting to question her feelings and what they mean, basically questionning her sexuality, though that term is never used. This is handled so beautifully, and with such senstivity, and completely appropriate for her age.

Ivy is an artist, and has started noticing a pattern in her thoughts and in her drawings. Her drawings are often of her, and lately there have been many drawings of her with an unknown girl, and they are very happy to be together. It dawns on Ivy that she never draws herself with a boy. And while her best friend Taryn talks incessantly about her crush on Drew, Ivy realizes she really doesn't ever think about boys that way, but isn't exactly sure what that means.

In addition, her family is having a hard time adjusting to the birth of twin boys, and Ivy feel ignored, and left out. Normally, she would talk to her older sister Layla, with whome she was very close, but after hearing Layla get angry with her best Gigi after finding out Gigi is gay, Ivy is afraid to tell her anything and resents Layla for not being more accepting.

If all that weren't enough for Ivy and her family to deal with, a tornado destroys their home, adding to the family stress, and in turn, Ivy's feeling of being left out and unwanted. Luckily, she finds comfort in her new friend June and from Robin, the owner of the inn where they are staying temporarily who is gay herself, and begins to recognize Ivy's struggle. Ivy finds she is able to open up to Robin, who assures her that she doesn't have to figure everything out right away.

There is a little more drama, with someone finding Ivy's notebook, and leaving her notes, a friend keeping secrets, and an unrequited crush, and in the end Ivy finally being able to tell her family everything she's been feeling.

This would be such a great book for kids who are confused or questionning their own feelings and sexuality, or for other kids to gain some understanding and empathy for those who are questionning. I highly recommend it for school and public libraries.
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Finished Reading
March 20, 2019 – Shelved
March 20, 2019 – Shelved as: mg-lgtbq
March 20, 2019 – Shelved as: mg-realistic-fiction
March 20, 2019 – Shelved as: award-winners
March 21, 2019 – Started Reading
March 21, 2019 – Finished Reading

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