Alice Bliss

Author:  Laura Harrington
Publisher:  Penguin Books
Pages:  320
Genre:  Young Adult
Source:  Bird Bash

Goodreads:   Tomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken when she learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. Matt will miss seeing Alice blossom into a full-blown teenager: she’ll learn to drive, join the track team, go to her first dance, and fall in love—all while trying to be strong for her mother, Angie, and her precocious little sister. But the phone calls from her father are never long enough. At once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving story about those who are left at home during wartime and a small-town teenage girl bravely facing the future.

Ope’s Opinion:  IF I were to suggest this to a young adult to read, I would highly recommend the parent read it first.  This book is deeply emotional.  

                                      I am usually not a fan of books written in diary form.  However, this book is an exception.  First, diary books in my opinion are choppy.  The story in this book flows from one entry to the next.   Second, I usually don’t enjoy the diary because it tends to be only one persons emotions.  This book explored the emotions of all the characters.
                                      This is what I would call a heavy book.  It deals with difficult situations, that are hard to read.  It is believable, which actually makes it harder to read.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.


                 FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 

      I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bird Bash. 
      I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the
            book; rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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