Monday, July 23, 2007

November Blues by Sharon M. Draper

November Nelson is your ideal student of the 11th grade. She has a nice, popular boyfriend, Josh, she does really well in school, her mom thinks she is perfect, and she has tons of friends. But she feels as if her life is going through the tubes after Josh dies from a mishap gone wrong. That's not it, she found out something else about herself that will change her life drastically forever. Now she has to make the biggest decision she'll ever face. She only wishes Josh was here to help her get through things... Jericho Prescott is the cousin of Josh. The day Josh died he not only lost his cousin but his best friend too. He feels as if he can't escape feeling sad and depressed. Jericho also feels that he can't go on doing what he used to love to do, playing his trumpet. He feels if as he must do something that makes himself feel complete again. Will that something be football?

I really enjoyed reading this book. Generally this book kept my attention though it was not a page-turner that kept me looking for more. My favorite characters were definitely Olivia and November. Olivia had to deal with a lot of teasing about her weight at school but she still stood strong and did not let what people say affect here. Next, November was one of my favorite characters because she had to go through a lot. I could never imagine being put under the pressure she had to go through. I learned that in life that the decisions you make are crucial, if you make the wrong one you will most likely will regret it.

Content: This book talked a lot about pregnancy that would not be suitable for children under 12.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age: 14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States