Saturday, September 14, 2013
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots, by Abby McDonald
But things don't go smoothly when she finally gets there. Susie's sullen step daughter Fiona is a major pill. The other kids in their small town aren't terribly friendly and they become downright hostile when Jenna tries to lecture them about environmentalism. But once the initial bumps are overcome and Jenna learns to be a bit more sparing with the rhetoric, things smooth out and an exciting summer awaits.
An above-average summer read, with a bit of adventure in the woods led by an energetic (but lovably self-mocking) narrator. There's plenty of humor, some light romance, and a little drama to move things along. The kids are all memorable and appealing in their own right. The adults are realistic, but conveniently distant and unobtrusive. It's not fluff, but nothing too weighty holds this story down (even if McDonald does toy briefly with the topics of divorce and homophobia). In sum, a nice light read.