Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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Pages: 384
Publisher: Dial
ISBN: 9780803738553
Genre: Middle Grade

Synopsis (

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

My Thoughts (Spoiler Free)

I got this book at BEA 2013; it was the first thing I picked up! After reading the synopsis, I thought it would be a book I was really going to enjoy, but that was not the case. Counting by 7s was just boring. This review is spoiler free, simply because there was nothing to spoil, literally nothing happened.

I think the author was really trying to make this book more than it was, and sad at the same time, but there was literally nothing special about it. 

My main reason for not liking this book was that it's marketed towards a middle grade audience, but the storyline seems boring for a middle grade reader, and too juvenile for anyone older than 13. 

Willow was a cute character, and though her life was sad, it wasn't interesting enough to write a book about.

I gave Counting by 7s 3/5 stars, but as I am writing this review, I feel like I should have given it a lower rating. This book comes out on August 29, 2013.

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