Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
As Lily settles into the routine of school and home, she learns valuable lessons about making new friends.
MY TAKE:
Ever since I saw Meet the Hutterites, I've been fascinated with the Amish lifestyle.

In A Big Year for Lily, readers follow a year in the life of Lily, her family, and her friends.

While the chapters are told in chronological order, for the most part, each part feels like a separate, stand-alone anecdote. It worked for me anyway, because it was like watching episodes of a TV show. I could stop after any chapter and still know the complete story.

Each chapter was able to show different facets of Amish life. While I don't think I would be able to last long in Lily's community, some of Lily's adventures seem fun and interesting. The Amish, or at least Lily's family, are incredibly self-sufficient, and it makes me realize how much those of us in the city take for granted.

I liked Lily well enough, although there were moments when she wasn't exactly nice. The character I disliked the most was Effie. What a horrible little girl. I was pretty surprised that the adults were so lenient with her. If ever there was a kid who needed to be disciplined, it's Effie.

Thanks to NetGalley and Revell for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's a great way to read about Amish life.
  2. The characters are realistic.
  3. Even the more mundane events are interesting to read about.

THE BAD:

  1. The anecdote-type style might not work for everyone.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Mama had made all of Lily's favorit3e foods: fried chicken, fluffy mashed potatoes topped with browned butter and sprinkled with parsley, fried green beans with bacon bits, and golden flaky biscuits.
READ IT IF:

  1. You are curious about Amish life.
  2. You like books with stand-alone chapters.
  3. You are looking for books with interesting female protagonists.

RATING:
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