Is friendship supposed to feel like walking over the falls?
Brenda is afraid of heights, being in the dark, and dog poop. Then she meets daring, rule-breaking Maureen and realizes their friendship is a bit like walking a tightrope — exciting but dangerous. Maureen encourages Brenda to use fire escapes, sleep outside in a tent, and walk through strange backyards.
Their friendship strains when Maureen makes fun of Harvey, Brenda's special needs neighbour. It strains even further when Maureen borrows Gran's bracelet and lies about returning it. Suddenly, Brenda realizes she has to be as brave as The Great Blondin, the man who walked across the falls, to get it back.
I will say y'all have just a fabulous job in the telling of this story.
This is a story of coming of age and I loved it because I felt that you were telling my childhood story.
I have had those sometimes friends and friend users who only wanted something from you and then left because they were either wanting certain things or running from them.
I could and stil can hear my mom's voice saying "Lori," you choose the most unusual friends because eventually they show their true colors. And I don't choose them they seem to come to me for some oddball reason. Maybe it's because I wear my heart on my sleeve? Who knows?
Koodos to Brenda for having a heart of gold! It doesn't matter if you have parents or not or a mom to me, it's the ones who love you enough to dry your tears when you cry or give you a hug when you need most or whatever the case is they are there for you.
Too many scenes in this book back some very upsetting memories and some lovely ones as well. Especially the library scene using the old fashioned way of checking books in and out
I loved that this was told from Brenda's point of view and not in present tense. Too many young adult books are like that and I don't care for it. I can't connect like I did with Brenda on this one.
I laughed and cried along with Brenda throughout the book and I cheered for her when she finally stood up for herself.
Sometimes it takes just the right person and if we take their crap long enough we explode. It's happened to me lots of times. I'm a human being for goodness sakes!!!
If there's one thing I can't stand it's a one sided relationship no matter who it is. Friendship is supposed to go both ways not it's my way or the highway. I don't like that but it happens more and more.
Especially in today's world. Only worse.
I've been to Niagara Falls as a kid but I remember it as a beautiful and fascinating place. I'd love to go back and take my boys.
I really truly enjoyed this book and I very much recommend it. It's a great coming of age story that is sure to delight readers everywhere!
My thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.