"Perceptive, funny, and moving ...I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel. " New York Times
Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on.
Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist forFifteen Magazine,and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down.
Speed of Life is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it's just beginning. It's a novel about love, family, grief, and growing up.
More Praise for Speed of Life:
"A wonderful book that takes us from loss to laughter." Richard Peck, author of The Best Man and Newbery Gold MedalistA Year Down Yonder
"You won't want to put it down. But my advice is slow down and savor this delightful book, full ofcariño, funny and heartfelt, and (spoiler alert) not just for teens."Julia Alvarez, author ofIn the Time of the ButterfliesandReturn to Sender
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||11 - 14 Years|
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Speed of Life in a coming of age middle grade book aimed at readers on the older end of that genre. Sofia’s mother died a year ago, and she has a lot of questions for a woman. She starts reaching out to Dear Kate after a school assembly, and she find her extremely helpful. But when Sofia’s dad’s new girlfriend turns out to be the real life Kate, things get a little tricky. This book is very character driven. The focus is on Sofia of course, but we also learn a lot about her parents, Kate and her daughter, and Sofia’s best friend. The story follows Sofia and everyone around her over many months. A lot of big things happen – life changes and new experiences. I found the characters to be fairly genuine, but ultimately the book left me wanting a little more. I am understand that I am not the target audience, but I think good middle grade fiction should be enjoyable for adults as well. Also, as a mother, this book had me a little concerned because some of the topics dealt with in this book might be better suited for a young adult audience. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-speed-of-life-by-carol-weston/
This YA book is touching at times, and it's a pleasant read, but it's pretty blandly diverse, with a predictable happy ending and some canned emotional highlights. I thought it was going to be a stronger novel than it turned out to be -- some of the early parts are quite good, but it dwindles into a lot of cliches and minor plotlines.
Everything that Carol Weston has learned in her many years as the "Dear Carol" advice columnist for Girls Life Magazine, as well as being the mother of two daughters herself, has come in useful in this funny and wise story of Sofia confronting the complex themes of death, grieving, sex, and if that wasn't enough, parental dating! Fearless and honest as her readers know her to be, this is Weston at her best.
As a middle school librarian at an all-girls school, I can’t stop recommending this book to my students. It is realistic fiction at its best, covering so many of the topics that all teens encounter daily. For those teens dealing with the difficult topics of death or blended families, The Speed of Life will speak to them in an honest, yet calming way. The story rings so true that it had me crying at some parts and breathing a sigh of relief at others. My students love this book, and even those who don't list reading as one of their favorite pastimes, have found themselves staying up way past bedtime to read The Speed of Life. And, if you are looking for an engaging author to visit your library, consider Carol Weston. I hosted her earlier this year and she was a huge hit with my students.
I didn't expect to cry. What a beautiful novel for teens or adults.