Sunday, March 20, 2011
Tripping by Heather Waldorf
I'm always a fan of seeing a main character in a book with a disability, especially when it isn't a book "about" the disability. So I liked how Rainey's artificial leg is a part of this YA novel, but not really the entire plot. Rainey is Canadian and takes off on a student trip across the country to learn more about the culture, history, and nature. Along the way, she's trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She loves to draw, but should she major in something "more realistic" like her father wants her to? And should she let her cool new step-mom into her life? Or keep blocking her out? Rainey's mom left when Rainey was a baby, and on this trip Rainey can try to see her. If she wants. All sorts of important decisions are being made her this summer, so it's quite the coming-of-age novel.