Author: Alison Ashley Formento
Publisher: Merit Press
Expected Publishing Date: September 18, 2013
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: I have to admit that when I read the summary for this book I knew it was meant for me. If for nothing else, Twigs and I are both vertically challenged. This was a quick read with a lot of drama. With a name like Twigs, I didn’t expect a typical teenage life. It seems like Twigs is one of those people that always end up in strange and unrealistic situations. I could see how some people wouldn’t believe all of the crazy things that happen to Twigs but I know plenty of people that have stranger than fiction things happen to them. In fact, I seem to attrack those kind of people in my life, which is probably why I enjoyed Twigs so much. I think there are many teens out there who can relate to at least one or more of the life-changing events that Twigs goes through, whether it’s embarking on the scary adventure of going to college or getting used to a new significant other in their parent’s life.
I found this book to be entertaining and a great summer read.