My Review: 4 stars
Arthur’s slowness is exemplified as he uses an ampersand rather than use the word and as if it’s too tiring to write the whole word. Kel’s inner strength/voice is found at first only on a ball field and then slowly as he comes of age. Finally, Yolanda’s innocence is literally a clean, light breath of fresh air for Arthur. Such flawed, likable characters that have no idea how much they need each other are all linked by the mysterious, sick Charlene. All three of them “come of age” in this book and this novel is an example that coming of age isn’t really about age at all.
Quotes I liked:
This is the strongest I have ever wanted a family. Other people to worry with. I am the only person worrying for her and it feels to me like this diminishes her odds of recovery. To have many people praying for you suddenly seems like a necessary thing and I consider telling the woman next to me what is happening, if only to have another person thinking about my Mom.”
– “I had a number of emotions rattling around inside me and the whole day before me to mull them over. If I were a pacer, I would have paced, but I am a sitter so I sat.”
– “The closest to Charlene I ever felt was the very first time we met outside of school-the one time I helped her with her coat. If I could have helped her with her coat for hours, for the rest of her life, I would have.”