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22 February 2016

Saving Montgomery Sole

A slice of life novel that would make an excellent beach read.

Tamaki, Mariko. Saving Montgomery Sole. Macmillan Children's, 2016.

Montgomery Sole lives with her sister and her moms in a small California town. Everything is fine until the famous preacher and his son move into town. The silent son is in many of Montgomery's classes, but she is just waiting for the other shoe to drop. When will he decide he needs to save Montgomery and her family?

The above paragraph made it sound like this book had a plot, but it really doesn't. The preacher's boy never does anything harmful or hurtful to Montgomery, and really, nothing happens throughout the 240 pages of this book. Yes, Montgomery has two moms, but it's not a big deal. Yes, she's interested in unexplained phenomena, but that's just her hobby. The book centers on Montgomery when absolutely nothing interesting happens to her in the entire book. I was exceptionally frustrated by the lack of plot in this story, but there are readers who enjoy "slice of life" style stories and who would love this particular book.

Recommended for: fans of "slice of life" stories
Red Flags: homophobic slurs, mentions of the paranormal (Montgomery wishes evil upon people, but obviously nothing happens because of it)
Overall Rating: 2/5 stars

Read-Alikes: Love Letters to the Dead, Sway, This One Summer

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purposes of review.

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