Belpré Author Award Winner
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and kept telling people about it as I was reading it. It stayed on my mind and easily kept the pages turning. My heart broke for Ruthie as I tried to imagine what it must have been like to sit and stare at the same thing day after day. The relationship between her and her mother was especially stressful and upsetting. I loved that it was autobiographical. Highly recommend. Another great story to see what other people may have to endure.
Lucky Broken Girl is an extremely moving story based on the author's childhood experiences growing up in New York in the 1960's. In fact, if you are someone who really empathizes with the characters you read about, I would go as far as to say that certain parts are even a little difficult to read (emotionally). The main character, Ruthie, goes through some pretty major challenges that are worsened by interactions with some less than compassionate individuals. Knowing it is based on her life makes it even harder to stomach, but if you make it to the end, I think you will find yourself happy with the ending (and maybe also relieved that it's over, both for yourself and for Ruthie). This book is not for emotionally sensitive readers or those looking for something light and fun. That said, if you are someone who likes emotionally charged, realistic middle grade fiction, this book is an excellent option.
Reviewed by Miss Allison
Most book you read and then you move on to other books and forget about the other, however, Lucky Broken Girl never gets old. Every time you read it, it makes you feel like your on a whole new adventure when this whole time Ruthie is stuck in the house. You feel like you could just read it over and over and enjoy it more and more every time you get into it. Out of all the books i’ve read, Lucky Broken Girl is the most attractive and powerful book of all. Your mind just floats away in a magical, heartbreaking and new world where you can’t always have everything you want, but you can always try your hardest for it.
I am one of those people who once I start a book, I finish it, but I just couldn't with "Lucky Broken Girl." I made it about 3/4 of the way through. First, I did the audio book and I think the author would have been better off hiring a professional to record this story. More than once I started to focus on the annoyingness of her voice and noticeable start and stop of recording sessions rather than the story. Then the story itself was depressing. I needed some glimmer of hope for Ruthie to keep me engaged. I am glad the author was able to persevere through all of these hardships, but this wasn't the book for me.
This was a fantastic book and it's even more amazing when you find out that it's based on the authors life as a child.
I loved this story filled with optimism and diverse, rich characters. This novel had be turning the pages, despite this not being an action-packed story. I felt for Ruthie, but I was also cheering her on every step of the way!
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