Author: Alison Ashley Formento
Publisher: Merit Press
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From the Publisher: One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it’s high noon.
They call her “Twigs,” because she’ll never hit five feet tall. Although she was born early, and a stiff breeze could knock her over, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs it, as life throws a whole bucket of rotten luck at her: Dad’s an absentee drunk; Mom’s obsessed with her new deaf boyfriend (and Twigs can’t tell what they’re saying to each other). Little sister Marlee is trying to date her way through the entire high school; Twigs’ true love may be a long-distance loser after a single week away at college, and suddenly, older brother Matt is missing in Iraq. It all comes together when a couple of thugs in a drugstore aisle lash out, and Twigs must fight to save the life of the father who denied her.
If you like soap operas, you will love this book.
Honestly, I should have been prepared for what I was getting into based on the publisher’s blurb – but it was almost as bad (or good, if you like that kind of thing) as a tele-novella.
THE DRAMA. OH MY GOD THE DRAMA.
I’m 99% sure it is statistically impossible for one person to endure the level of sheer drama that Madeline “Twigs” Henry went through over the course of this book. If it wasn’t so sad it would have been laughable!
You will love this book if:
- you ride the drama llama to work each day
- someone has ever thrown hair dye at you
- you too are stuck with an unfortunate nickname you’re desperate to be rid of
- you are vertically challenged and want to read about the lives of others just like yourself
Otherwise… you might want to skip this one.
What Others Are Saying:
- Alpha Possessive Heroes: Twig’s life was quite physical and emotional roller coaster, this is ideal read for teenagers who’s going through some tough times.
- In Search of the End of the Sidewalk: What this narrative needs is a good editor. I really do like the potential behind this book, but I feel like Formento would benefit from someone looking at her story outline and crossing out at least a third of the drama.
- Lit-Up Review: Twigs is a pint sized girl with a gallon load of problems that readers are sure to empathize with by way of Formento’s authentic story telling.