Jan 25, 2017

Review: Jelly Bean Summer

Jelly Bean Summer Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

BY Aunt Meanie

This is overall, a happy story told from the point of view of 11 year old Joyce Anne. Set in Westbrook, Pennsylvania 1968. It is full of childhood mysteries, concerns, childhood hopes and dreams.

The story begins when 11 year old Joyce Anne moves to the roof to get away from her older sister, Elaine, who keeps her awake because she sees UFOs every night. Oh, Elaine also has an annoying pet guinea pig named Jelly Bean who squeals a lot.
The story has happy times and sad moments. Just like real life.

The characters developed very well throughout the story and are very realistic. The author does an excellent job of writing this in the point of view of an 11 year old girl, making sure to include all the things a child that age would deem important. You know, riding a bike, playing with friends and CANDY.

Well written and a great story. The age listed is for 8 year old and up. The book is 224 pages, that seems a bit too long for an 8 year old. Probably better suited for 11 year old and up. I received this ARC eBook free in exchange for an honest review. That does not effect my opinion or rating of the book.


Living on the roof to escape her crazy family works…until reality pulls Joyce back to the ground

Joyce has had it with her family (especially with UFO-sighting Elaine who loves her guinea pig more than her own sister). Her solution? Move out of the house and pitch a tent on the roof for the summer. But when she spots a boy watching her from a neighboring roof she’s stunned—and intrigued.

Brian recently lost his brother, and the two instantly bond over their messed-up families. To help Brian repair his brother’s truck, they concoct a scheme to build and sell tickets to a UFO display. Even Elaine agrees to help…until unexpected events test the limits of Joyce’s family ties.

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