Monday, January 20, 2020
13. To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
2019 Dial Books
YA Contemporary Epistolary
Goodreads rating: 4.09 - 4115 ratings
My rating: 5
Setting: Contemporary NYC, California coast, Minnesota woods....
First line/s: "From: Brett Devlin
To: Avery Bloom
Subject: you don't know me"
I read a book, an actual book, not on my phone/Kindle or audio!295 pages, all delightful. I giggled and laughed out loud all the way throught. Written entirely in correspondence between two 12-year old protagonists, they begin as adversaries committed to breaking up their dating fathers, and of course their relationship grows into so much ore. Clever and completely delicious with a wonderful cast of really well-fleshed-out characters and many wonderful settings. An almost perfect book for every 12-year-old girl on the planet!
Goodreads synopsis: From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.
Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.
When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends--and possibly, one day, even sisters.
But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?