by Sarah Dooley
Free Verse is an amazing little gem of a book. I was hooked from page one and it was a roller coaster ride. This book is a pendulum of emotions it has major heartbreak, more heartbreak than any kid should have to face along with some humor to make the reader laugh. The characters are very believable and ones you would enjoy knowing in real life. The story line is very well written and easy to read, I liked that while it was a book to read with a regular fiction book writing style. The author does include the poetry that Sasha writes to work through all that she has gone through and the raw emotions come through. Free Verse takes on death, the foster system, feeling lost in the great big world at a young age but does so that even tender-hearted readers will fall in love with this story, I know mine did. She said it made her sad at times but she had faith in Sasha and that she would find her happy ever after. Free Verse was such a raw emotional read but also so inspiring and uplifting. This story has stayed with me long after I have finishing it and it was such a beautiful middle grade book that would captivate a teen reader and adult just as much as the age group it was written for. Add Free Verse to your must read of 2016 book list. Free Verse will be in my top 10 reads of 2016 and one I will recommend and gift this year.
summary: When her brother dies in a fire, Sasha Harless has no one left, and nowhere to turn. After her father died in the mines and her mother ran off, he was her last caretaker. They’d always dreamed of leaving Caboose, West Virginia together someday, but instead she’s in foster care, feeling more stuck and broken than ever.
But then Sasha discovers family she didn’t know she had, and she finally has something to hold onto, especially sweet little Mikey, who’s just as broken as she is. Sasha even makes her first friend at school, and is slowly learning to cope with her brother’s death through writing poetry, finding a new way to express herself when spoken words just won’t do. But when tragedy strikes the mine her cousin works in, Sasha fears the worst and takes Mikey and runs, with no plans to return. In this sensitive and poignant portrayal, Sarah Dooley shows us that life, like poetry, doesn’t always take the form you intend.
thank you so much Penguin Young Readers, Sarah Dooley and G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers for allowing us to read Free Verse. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.