Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: Lizzie! by Maxine Kumin

Title: Lizzie!
Author: Maxine Kumin
Format: Uncorrected Proof (paperback)
Pages: 160
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Summary: Lizzie, age eleven, does not let her wheelchair get in the way of her curiosity. After she is partially paralyzed in a diving accident, Lizzie and her single mom are starting life over in a small town in Florida, where Lizzie’s thirst for knowledge and adventure makes her some unlikely friends and gets her into some sticky situations. Resilient and precocious, Lizzie has a passion for learning new words (especially those with Latin roots) and a propensity for finding trouble, which is how she ends up stumbling upon criminal activities involving seedy characters, beautiful golden monkeys, and murder.
Review: I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
This book was not at all what i was expecting and in a bad way. I wanted more of LIzzie's story of being confined to the wheelchair, instead I got a highly unbelievable story. I just found the whole story quite weird. 
I couldn't believe that the main character Lizzie was only eleven. Yes I realize she was mature for her age but she acted like a thirty year old. I couldn't connect with any of these characters. 
I'm hoping that because I received an uncorrected proof that maybe somethings were edited and the final version will be better. There were a few huge consistencies with the story. I don't think I would recommend this story to anyone unless the final copy is better.

About this author

Maxine Kumin's 17th poetry collection, published in the spring of 2010, is Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. Her awards include the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes, the Poets’ Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost Medals. A former US poet laureate, she and her husband lived on a farm in New Hampshire. Maxine Kumin passed away in 2014.

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