When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm–and what’s worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.
Mysteriously, Ivy’s drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks–and hopes–that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?
Ivy Aberdeen’s life made me very sad. She’s the middle child (as was I) and her family loses their entire house after a tornado comes through town, leaving a path of destruction. On top of this, Ivy’s mom just had twins. One baby is a lot of work, but two? Two new babies don’t leave much time for other kids. Ivy feels neglected. At times, she even feels like her family would be better if she weren’t in it. I felt so bad for her. She just wanted more attention from her parents, to feel like she was loved. This made me so sad for Ivy. But even more so was the struggle with Ivy’s sister, Layla. Ivy thinks her sister will hate her for liking girls because she overheard Layla and her best friend, Gigi, fighting when Gigi came out to Layla.
This was such an important story for young girls that might be feeling the same way. I would be so happy to have been able to read something like this when I was younger. Ivy’s working through her feelings. She’s realized she has a crush on a girl, her first crush. I loved Ivy’s friendship with June. June just wanted a friend and Ivy really needed a friend too. I thought they were really good for one another.
Overall, this was a heartbreaking story. But it was one of self-discovery and love. The Aberdeen family is going through a really tough time, but I loved the way the story concluded. Ivy’s family showed how much they loved her and that she was a very important member of the family. I don’t want to say that I enjoyed this book, because it was really sad for most of it, but it’s a story that needs to be out in the world.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.