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Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Reading Road Trip - Book Blog Tour Stop - 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, feisty 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

My Thanks to BookSparks PR for including me on this book tour and for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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