Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Review: Calli by Jessica Lee Anderson

by Jessica Lee Anderson

Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Pages: 198
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Fifteen-year-old Calli has just about everything she could want in life—two loving moms, a good-looking boyfriend, and a best friend who has always been there for support. An only child, Calli is excited when her parents announce that they want to be foster parents. Unfortunately, being a foster sister to Cherish is not at all what Calli expected. First Cherish steals Calli’s boyfriend, then begins to pit Calli’s moms against one another, and she even steals Calli’s iPod. Tired of being pushed around and determined to get even, Calli steals one of Cherish’s necklaces. But this plan for revenge goes horribly awry, and Cherish ends up in juvenile detention.

Isolating herself from her moms, her boyfriend, and even her best friend, Calli wrestles with her guilt and tries to figure out a way to undo the damage she’s caused. When her moms are asked to take on another foster child, Calli sees an opportunity to make amends for her past mistakes.

Kritters Thoughts:  A definite young adult book where I felt as though I wasn't quite the target audience.  Some young adult books can be read by adults and adults can get some enjoyment, but this one just wasn't it.  With simple language and simple characters, this book was just ok for me.  

Calli is a young woman who has two moms and definitely not the conventional home life.  Her biological father isn't in her life and her moms have recently decided to start fostering children, so she a girl move in who is the same age and it doesn't go well.  This relationship makes Calli question everything and even makes her change herself into someone that she doesn't like.  Calli learns lessons the hard way in this book.  

Although this book wasn't for me, I would say this book would be good for a younger audience who may need exposure to some real issues.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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