Saturday, June 07, 2008

Blue Like Friday

Parkinson, Siobhan. 2008. Blue Like Friday.

This one has a nice, quirky narrator. Olivia has definitely got a voice all her own. Blue Like Friday is a book about friendship, about life, about holding on and letting go. On the surface, though, this is a light and enjoyable mystery. Olivia has a best friend, Hal; he's definitely quirky and weird. But he's got a tragic past as well. His father died when he was young. And Hal is having a really really difficult time accepting her mother's boyfriend. Hal wants to come up with a plot to get rid of this man for good, a way for it to be just him and his mom again. But plans don't always work out the way you want. And sometimes kids don't really know what's best for them. (It's set in Ireland by the way.)

This one is enjoyable enough. I liked it. I really liked it. But I'm not sure I loved it.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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