* I’ve fallen behind on some of my reviews. So this week I’m playing a bit of catch up. ENJOY!
BOOK REVIEW – PICTURE IMPERFECT by SUSAN THOGERSON MAAS
When a twelve-year-old and her “bestie” go sleuthing into adult secrets, all manner of obstacles manifest. Namely, why was her Aunt Lissa living with them, and why did she lose, er, leave, her job? Mostly, why did she have to share a room with JJ?
No longer a child, not yet an adult, Jada Jane – JJ – wrestles with her place in the family and her purpose in life. The child in her climbs on the roof of the school to get a better angle, while the burgeoning adult faithfully tends her great-grandma, visiting the nursing home often. An artiist herself, Gram assures JJ that her passion for photography is no accident, that it is a God-given gift and ability. Ever on the look-out for a better picture, for the best angle, JJ doesn’t disagree.
In a deftly woven tale, Ms. Maas, conveys JJ’s pre-teen angst. A new genre for me, and told in first person, it felt light and breezy as I read the first pages. The more I read, however, the more engrossed I became – and entrenched in JJ and Kat’s mystery mission. And the more I read, the more JJ embraced life, and faith in God. In the end, Picture Imperfect is just that, a picture of life which is quite imperfect. And in the end, JJ, matures more than a little bit as she begins to grasp and embrace weighty issues of life.
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
Susan Thogerson Maas has been a part-time freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She is married with two grown sons living far away, a daughter-in-law, and a beautiful grandbaby. A feisty kitten named Fiona has recently taken over the household. Susan and her husband teach 5th-6th grade Sunday school, and Susan writes regularly for her denomination’s devotional, Pathways to God. She also writes personal experience articles and children’s stories, one of which was published in Clubhouse, Jr., and has written Sunday school curriculum and homeschooling articles. Susan has been a member of Oregon Christian Writers for over 20 years and currently serves as secretary. Her WordPress blog, Sparrow Thoughts, explores the spiritual side of nature and everyday experiences, through words and photographs. Picture Imperfect, from Ashberry Lane Publishing, is Susan’s first book.
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