Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Imperfect Spiral + CONTEST

Welcome to the blog tour for Imperfect Spiral!
Below you will find the book's info, a summary, my personal review, and a CONTEST to win your own ARC of Imperfect Spiral to read for yourself!

Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Pages: 352
Keywords: summer, grief, healing
Format Read: ARC from publisher for blog tour in exchange for honest review (thank you!)

Summary: Danielle Snyder's summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, the 5-year-old boy she's watching, runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football. Immediately Danielle is caught up in the machinery of tragedy: police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien, outsiders use the accident to further a politically charged immigration debate. Wanting only to mourn Humphrey, the sweet kid she had a surprisingly strong friendship with, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her. Through a new relationship with Justin, a boy she meets at the park, she begins to work through her grief, but as details of the accident emerge, much is not as it seems. It's time for Danielle to face reality, but when the truth brings so much pain, can she find a way to do right by Humphrey's memory and forgive herself or his death?


Levy tackled the process of grief and tragedy so well. I was amazed at how deep this book went into Danielle's summer and dealing with the loss of Humphrey, as well as battling through all the town's feelings and opinions on the matter. The book begins about 40 seconds after the accident, with Danielle experiencing everything as if it's in slow motion. From there, we see her life after the accident mixed with chapters of her adventures with Humphrey before he died.

And let me just say, what an interesting kid. He was one of those children that was totally believable as a child, but at the same time, he posed interesting questions to Danielle and always wanted to learn more and grow (all while running around an imaginary place called Thrumble-Boo). He helped her make realizations about her own life and growing up even though he was only 5.

Not only does Levy write a story about grief, she also weaves it in with the "life around you goes on" sort of theme. While Danielle just wants someone to ask her about the darling child she knew, the town is in an outrage because the driver was an illegal alien. So now, on top of grieving, Danielle is receiving phone calls and is asked to be interviewed on her opinions on illegal immigrants, and whether or not she thinks it would have saved Humphrey's life if the town had done anything about it. She handles the situation well, trying to avoid the nosy townsfolk as best she can.

It was a pretty predictable book, but not in a bad way. I knew Danielle was eventually going to come to some sort of terms with her grief and with Humphrey's memory, but I wasn't sure how. This was a genuinely lovely book about sadness and moving on. And the cover art goes so perfectly with the story, I truly love it.

Read When: You want to break out of the traditional beach summer novel and are ready for a little seriousness and sweetness.


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1 comment:

  1. Great review. This book seems like such an interesting idea and something I haven't seen before. I really hope I win it!

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