Husky - Justin Sayre | ARC Review

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Pages: 322 Hardcover
Publication date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
How I got the copy: Received by Penguin Random House Canada
Rating:  2 out of 5
Series: N/A

Summary:

A beautifully voiced debut captures an intimate story of change and acceptance.

Twelve-year-old Davis lives in an old brownstone with his mother and grandmother in Brooklyn. He loves people-watching in Prospect Park, visiting his mom in the bakery she owns, and listening to the biggest operas he can find as he walks everywhere.

But Davis is having a difficult summer. As questions of sexuality begin to enter his mind, he worries people don’t see him as anything other than “husky.” To make matters worse, his best girlfriends are starting to hang out with mean girls and popular boys. Davis is equally concerned about the distance forming between him and his single mother as she begins dating again, and about his changing relationship with his amusingly loud Irish grandmother, Nanny.

Ultimately, Davis learns to see himself outside of his one defining adjective. He’s a kid with unique interests, admirable qualities, and people who will love him no matter what changes life brings about.



Review:

Davis is twelve. His mother works too much. His grandmother yells too much and his best friends are pulling away. Davis has the summer to find his adjective before high school starts or he’ll continue to be identified as “husky”.

Obviously there’s more to Davis than being Husky but other kids don’t give him the time of day. Davis likes to listen to Opera and likes to help his mother bake at her bakeshop. He has two best friends since forever but one is pulling away to be friends with popular girl who’s just the worst EVAH.

Davis isn’t a perfect character though he’s very jealous, very irrational and throws tantrums.

For the short span of this book it took me ages to finish! I didn’t love this but I didn’t hate it. I just feel like there was no point to it, in my opinion. It was quite slow and Davis was very annoying when complaining about situations that were bothering him but never tried to resolve them. I understand Davis is twelve and that this is a middle grade book but I still just didn’t love the story or like it a lot.

In the summary it says this:
Davis is equally concerned about the distance forming between him and his single mother as she begins dating again, and about his changing relationship with his amusingly loud Irish grandmother, Nanny”
And I didn’t feel this is very true. Only one event happened to bring Davis closer to his grandmother and that was right at the end. Throughout the book I didn’t feel Davis was growing this undeniable bond with his grandmother. I felt his grandmother was suffocating him and neglecting him from standard technology.

Throughout the book there were awkward/weird sentences like:

“I’m getting a shower”. – pg 75 and “I quick ride my bike”. – pg 76 (quotes taken from an advance readers copy). Davis used the word “honest” ALL the time. I get it can be his thing, like a word he says all the time but it was sort of a little whiny at times.

This book was okay for me. I would only recommend this to younger readers around the age of twelve who are interested in this type of topic or interested in this book already.

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Alexa Talks Books

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