The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom: Dream On, Amber {Book Review}

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Dream On, Amber {Book Review}

The boy has been busy at work, creating and maintaining his own book review blog, and it's been going quite well.  His sister isn't quite as interested in the idea, unless we see something really awesome on NetGalley for her.  Then it gets downloaded to her Kindle.  Since she loves to read, she'll make the sacrifice for a book that sounds her style.


One of the more Faith titles was Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah, which comes out in print on October 6th.  I read the description and knew it would be a perfect Faith title, so I requested it for her from NetGalley.  We were approved for a preview copy and a review, so she read it and wrote a short Net Galley review, sharing her thoughts.

From the book jacket/description:
My name is Ambra Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto. But call me Amber. I have no idea why my parents gave me all those hideous names but they must have wanted to ruin my life, and you know what? They did an amazing job.
As a half-Japanese, half-Italian girl with a ridiculous name, Amber’s not feeling molto bene (very good) about making friends at her new school.
But the hardest thing about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little and he isn’t coming back. Not for her first day of middle school and not for her little sister’s birthday. So Amber will have to dream up a way for the Miyamoto sisters to make it on their own.
Being that F is a quick reader, and she doesn't always go to sleep when we tell her to, and this was a digital copy, she read it in a night.  This is also the sign of a good book, as we learned how hard it is to get her to put down something she is really enjoying.

According to her, the highlights of the book were the letters from Amber's little sister to their father and Amber writing her back as their father.  She also mentioned that the story itself showed the perseverance of the girls, how even when things aren't perfect, there is always a way to get through them together.  She also was happy with the ending, while it was not what she was expecting but she liked that it was a surprise.

Her recommendation?  Late elementary or middle school readers.

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