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Friday, March 9, 2012

Book Review: Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

About The Book:

Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. Fortunately, she’s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike, who’s suddenly everywhere, until she’s stuck in church with him one day. Then something happens—Apron’s broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she’s been adrift.

Mike and his boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store, and Apron’s world seems to calm. But when she uncovers Chad’s secret, stormy seas return. Apron starts to see things the adults around her fail to—like what love really means, and who is paying too much for it.

Apron has come unmoored, but now she’ll need to take the helm if she’s to get herself and those she loves to safe harbor.           

I absolutely fell in love with this book. Jennifer Gooch Hummer has created an adorable, fiesty young heroine in Apron Bramhall. The seventh grader is still getting over the death of her mom, trying hard to deal with her dad's choice of a new wife, trying to understand why her best friend suddenly doesn't want to have anything to do with her, and all of the rest of the angst and agonies that girls have to deal with at that tender age.  But she receives a little bit of help from the highly unusual, but absolutely loving couple of Michael and Chad, and through their friendship Apron is able to gain a little wisdom, grow a little tougher and learn to love a little deeper.

This story touches on the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and how people were horribly intolerant of a disease they knew nothing about. Hummer handles this portion of the novel with tenderness and grace, showing her skills as a brilliant storyteller.

While this book could be classified as a young adult novel, I highly recommend it for adult reading as well. I personally can't wait to see what other stories Jennifer Gooch Hummer has up her writing sleeve in the future!

About The Author:

Jennifer Gooch Hummer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Her short stories have been published in Miranda Magazine, Our Stories and Glimmertain. She has continued graduate studies in the Writer’s Program at UCLA, where she was nominated for the Kirkwood Prize in fiction. Currently, Jennifer lives in Southern California and Maine with her husband and their three daughters. Girl Unmoored is her first novel.   Check out her website at www.jennifergoochhummer.com

Pretty Cool Contest!

Now through April 6th, when you comment about Girl Unmoored on Jennifer's blog (www.jennifergoochhummer.com/blog) you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a tote bag stuffed with gifts that blend the hottest 2012 e-reader with totally rad ’80s memorabilia and more!

And if you purchase the book (print or e-book) and forward your receipt confirmation to contests@sparkpointstudio.com, your name will be entered to win 10 TIMES! That’s 11 chances to win the following awesome prizes:

- A Kindle Fire, just in time for spring break lounging!

- DVDs of Best Of 80s movies to celebrate the year of Girl Unmoored, 1985

- Copies of my Top 5 YA books: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb; Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty; and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

- A gift card to 1-800 Flowers in honor of Apron’s summer job at Mike and Chad’s flower shop, Scent Appeal

The winner will be notified and announced the week of April 23rd. Bonus Fortuna!

My thanks to BookSparks for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Beth Hoffman said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, Sharon, I did too and was delighted to write a blurb for it.

Have a happy weekend!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks for stopping by Beth! It was an excellent book!

Jennifer Gooch Hummer said...

Thank you so much for having me on your superb blog Sharon! And I am so grateful for your positive review of my book! All best, Jennifer