by Esther Ehrlich
How did I get it: an arc copy I received from Netgalley/Random House for an honest review.
For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes.
Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.
My take on the book: Nest is a touching story about a family who learns that the mom was diagnosed with a serious disease, and finding comfort in nature and new friends. What starts out as a healthy family, turns into one who has to learn to function in their new roles.
Honestly, I had a hard time finishing this book, and I could not pinpoint exactly why. The book was well written, the characters well developed. I liked Chirp, and Joey. It is a heartfelt book that I felt like I should enjoy. I just never felt like I wanted to pick the book up and continue reading it. The book is aimed at Middle Schoolers, so that may have had a bit to do with it, I don’t know.
While it was not my favorite, I still thought it was a charming book. Thank you Netgalley for the chance to read this book.