Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Memes: Free Verse by Sarah Dooley

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice.

Free Verse by Sarah Dooley. 335 p. G.P. Putnam's Sons, March 17, 2016. 9780399165030.

Publisher synopsis: A moving, bittersweet tale reminiscent of Sharon Creech’s Walk Two Moons set in a West Virginia coal-mining town

When her brother dies in a fire, Sasha Harless has no one left, and nowhere to turn. After her father died in the mines and her mother ran off, he was her last caretaker. They’d always dreamed of leaving Caboose, West Virginia together someday, but instead she’s in foster care, feeling more stuck and broken than ever.

First line: Nobody tells me this is the last time I'll see my apartment off Route 10.

Page 56: I strum the strings, and their music makes me think of Phyllis, of the way her singing sounded when I first moved into her house. I wish I'd known her better then. If I knew her better, I'd have sat on my hands. I'd have kept myself under control, no matter what song she sang. Even if it was Judy's song.

I've actually had this for a while. It hurts me when things get lost in the tbr pile! Its book birthday was yesterday. It has received three starred reviews so far! I know just who is getting this lovely book when I am done.


  1. This one is new to me. It sounds intriguing. I am spotlighting Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben this week. Happy reading!

  2. If it's being compared to Walk Two Moons, it must be good! :)
    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  3. Haven't heard of this one before. Sounds interesting, although maybe a little too intense for me. Thanks for sharing, and happy reading this week!

  4. I'm not sure this is something I'd enjoy, but I hope you're loving it! Here's mine: Friday

  5. A new author to me. I do like the writing. Could keep right on reading.

    My 56 - Laura @ fuonlyknew

  6. Sounds like a story waiting to be read. I like how it sounds.
    Happy weekend!

  7. Anything compared to Walk Two Moons is worth a read! Sharon Creech was one of my all time favorite authors when I was young. Will definitely be reading this book!

    Here is my F56:

  8. Sounds lovely! It does evoke Creech ... who I just love!

  9. Awww....seeing her apartment for the last time sounds sad.

    I haven't read Walk Two Moons, but both books sounds good.

    ENJOY your week.

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