Monday, December 13, 2010

Writings from the Tub review

Writings from the Tub
December 13, 2010

Blog Tour: Red in the Flower Bed - Andrea Nepa
by Carly Bennett

Here at Writing from the Tub I do like to try and be diverse as possible with the books I read and review, though my preferences are firmly rooted in contemporary YA I always like to try new things and broaden my horizons. Red in the Flower Bed is definitely not my typical pick but I’m so glad Tribute approached me to be part of the blog tour as I fell in love with the story Nepa tells in her book.

Red in the Flower Bed is short but very, very sweet and you won’t be able to make it through without breaking into a soppy smile, I promise. I’m not adopted myself but I imagine younger adopted children who are going through a confusing time could take great comfort in this story.

The imagery used is great – accessible to both adults and children and the writing is superb, simple enough that it isn’t daunting at all for young readers but complicated enough that the language doesn’t come across as patronizing. This is a great book that could be shared with the whole family and I really did enjoy it, perfect for lifting my mood on this horrible grey day!

Plot: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 3/5 Total: 16/20 (B+)

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