When Alice’s dad moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family’s old Renaissance tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an attempt to keep at least one part of her summer from changing, Alice focuses on her quest to swim freestyle fast enough to get on her swim team’s record board. But summers contain multitudes, and soon Alice meets an odd new friend, Harriet, whose obsession with the school’s science fair is equal only to her conviction that Alice’s best stroke is backstroke, not freestyle. Most unexpected of all is an unusual babysitting charge, Piper, who is mute—until Alice hears her speak. A funny and honest middle-grade novel, this sharply observed depiction of family, friendship, and Alice’s determination to prove herself—as a babysitter, as a friend, as a daughter, as a person—rings loud and true.
Let me start by saying the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous! Even though I read the description of the book before I read it, I still really didn’t know what to expect (or maybe I just didn’t quite remember it). I’m glad that I read this book. I think it is a perfect coming of age story where the main character is full of flaws and has a flawed life that is so relatable. We go on this summer journey with her as she deals with her life “falling apart around her” as she tries to put it back together. Alice seemed like such a mature little girl and her character was awesome. I admit that when I started reading it, I thought I would have a hard time reading it. I thought it was going to be just about swimming, but it was so much more and the “resolution /ending” was actually real rather that and “they all lived happily ever after”. I hope this makes sense. Its hard to write ths without spoilers. I would definitely buy this book and recommend it.
Would I recommend? YES
Release date: May 8, 2018