Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhaa Lai Published: 2011…
Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
I received this copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Summary and purchase on Amazon here.
I chose to read this book for a few reasons. One, I heard Welch’s first book, Love and Gelato, was amazing. Two, the cover is amazing. Three, Ireland. When I read the summary, I really knew I would enjoy this book, and I did! It took me a little while to get through the beginning, the bickering of the siblings got a little old and I wanted the story to get started. However, the main character, Addie, was so lovable and I wanted to know her story. I loved how Welch gave hints all along about each character and what they were facing. I also really loved how each chapter opened with the excerpt from Ireland for the Heartbroken. I kind of wanted to read that book, although it is fictional. The descriptions of Ireland were spot on as well. I would definitely recommend this book to my students with the preface that there is something more mature towards the end. Overall, an amazing book that will resonate with the youth of today and make you want to travel to Ireland!
Note to Parents
There is very mild language, but one scene where Addie makes a choice and she faces consequences. This choice is not positive, but what she learns is a message our youth needs at this time. You can email me with specifics if you feel the need.