by Allison Ashley Formento
Published by Merit Press Release date : September 18th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eBook
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It’s funny that I am writing this review after just finishing another that I thought was “simple”. Twigs, is one of those books. It’s simple. It has no real general outcome. It has no.. depth. This is just a story about a small, feisty girl, dealing with more than anyone should have in a matter of days and what she does to cope. This usually isn’t my thing but with Twigs, it works and I actually liked it.
Have you had one of those days where nothing goes right? Where is seems like the universe is punishing you and wont give you a break? For Twigs, it’s a week. She is still dealing with her absent Father. Her brother goes missing in Iraq. Her boyfriend is acting distant and strange. A woman assaults her with hair dye (who later, becomes her rock) and some secrets her mother had been hiding come to light. This poor girl was put through the ringer!
Twigs is one small feisty little spit fire. Everything just starts to spiral out of control for her all in a matter of days– and while she does have her moments where she cries, succumbs to self loathing and anger, she is really strong. She’s funny, smart and honestly, I completely agree with pretty much everything she did. I liked watching her try to find her ground and figure things out for herself. She is also selfless. All this crap that happening around her and she still made time to be there for Helen (hair dye lady).
This is full of non stop drama. Once things start to unfold, they don’t stop and you don’t have any time to really process what’s going on before something else hits the fan. I really liked Helen. I thought she was a little psychotic at first but she too, is dealing with some stuff. She became Twigs’ cheerleader and stuck up for her when no one else would. Although we don’t see much of Twig’s brother; he was my favorite next to Helen. He was sweet, charming and was just as torn up about their mother’s secret.
Overall- I really enjoyed this. Like I mentioned before, this isn’t a ME book– nothing what so ever in these pages is something I’d generally enjoy. But I did. This would make for an awesome movie! Simple, sweet and laugh out loud funny, I recommend it.