Saturday, November 26, 2011
Nature Girl by Jane Kelley Review
It's been a couple years since I read My Side of the Mountain. I don't remember much except for parts like how the guy got his falcon and the ending. It was a pretty good story, but I liked this more even if the other book is a classic.
When I began reading this book I could barely get through the beginning. I didn't like Megan or the other characters, but I kept through. I could understand why Megan didn't like Vermont. I too am a tech addict and could do without hiking. I also doodle a lot (I have notebooks full of doodles and for social studies notes).
Megan is a relate able character. She isn't really special in the literature context, extremely average. She's pissed things aren't going her way (who isn't like that?). She just wants to hang with her BFF Lucy, who has her own problems concerning her mother with Hodkins disease. So is it bad enough she has to get stuck on a hiking trail in Vermont? Soon enough she has a purpose for doing so, and her life changes forever. Megan stops some of her problems and leaves with hope.
I laughed so hard at some of the jokes in the book and some were really corny. This was written as a middle school age novel, not some great literary work. It's however very funny, full of great doodles, and what it's like to survive on the trail. Megan changes for the good and it's hard not to root for her. She and her dog Arp work hard to survive and make it to see Lucy.
Although it's at times slow, I suggest you keep trekking. This is a great novel that needs to be read. 4 stars,