|Posted by BookGirl on July 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM|
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker-Advance reader's edition
This book is Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker, Advance Reader's Edition. If your're confused, this book has almost nothing to do with gypsy moths. The title "How to secretly bury your aunt in your backyard with a foster kid you hate" would be more appropriate. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Stella is living with her great aunt Louise for the summer while her dysfunctional mom tries to find a job. Her aunt has taken in a foster kid to keep Stella company. Stella and Angel hate each other. Louise takes care of a group of vacation houses that are exactly the same. Until Louise dies on the first day of the book. Instead of calling 911, Angel begs Stella to wait 15 minutes for her to get out of town because she's gone through 8 foster homes since her parents died. Stella decides to wait until the morning. One thing led to another, and they're burying Louise in the backyard and keeping up the pretense she's still alive, plus taking care of the vacation houses. Over the summer, they start liking each other and sharing the stories of their lives.
The book wasn't actually very good. It didn't interest me and was more of an "It's either that or watch a golf tournament" book. Nothing very exciting happened in it. It had a predictable ending and the attempts at making me cry failed. So this is no must-read, but it wasn't exactly the worst book ever. Just kind of MEH, like a bland tortilla chip. Go for the flavored chips instead. It isn't worth your time.