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.
- It's a great way to read about Amish life.
- The characters are realistic.
- Even the more mundane events are interesting to read about.
- The anecdote-type style might not work for everyone.
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:
- You are curious about Amish life.
- You like books with stand-alone chapters.
- You are looking for books with interesting female protagonists.