Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan Genre: , , , , , , , ,

When I first started reading Counting By 7s, it didn’t really pull me in. But people kept walking by and see me reading it, and they would say, “Oh my goodness, I LOVE that book so much! That is my favorite book of ALL TIME!” So I decided to keep reading and give it a try. I am so glad I did. It may not be my favorite book of all time, but it was pretty great. It is about a girl named Willow Chance whose parents have just died in a car crash. She doesn’t want to go live with foster parents, so her best friend, Mai, offers to have Willow stay with them until they’ve figured something out. Willow adjusts to her new life with Mai, Mai’s brother Quang-ha, and Mai’s mom, Pattie. They move into Willow’s guidance counselor’s apartment and have to pretend like Willow is part of the family so the Foster Care people won’t take Willow away. At the end, the Foster Care people finally decide that Willow has to find a permanent home. I won’t tell you what happens after that, but I really liked the ending. I thought that everything that had happened fit together well in the end sort of like a puzzle. It makes you realize what the people who love you would do for you and what you would do for them. It is a very sentimental book, and since it is told from Willow’s perspective, she describes how middle-schoolers (and people in general) act from the perspective of an outsider, someone who people avoid and think is weird. I found myself getting sucked into Willow’s world the further I read, and I was surprised (and disappointed) when I realized I had come to the end of the book.

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