Friday, July 22, 2011

Review: Growing up Gracie by Maggie Fechner

Gracie is a middle child in a big family, trying to find her way and make an impression. She’s painfully plain, or so she thinks, and her crowning jewel is her beautiful eyebrows. Growing up in Cody, Wyoming, Gracie realizes that even in her ordinary life, she can be extraordinary.


I loved this book. It’s pretty relaxed, but not boring. The beginning, with it’s strange timeline, threw me off just a bit, but once I settled in, it was great.

Gracie is a very real character with very real flaws. She has a temper and low tolerance for poor choices. She is LDS, but the religious themes throughout the book are not over-whelming. That is refreshing in an LDS book.

I thought Gracie’s talents were fantastic and I was totally impressed. I have an adopted child, so I sincerely appreciated a tender adoption moment in the book. I felt like Gracie’s ability to be true to herself and do what she felt she needed, even though it went against the norm, was brave and honest.

With a little bit of romance, a splash of heartbreak, and a whole lot of determination, Gracie kept me cheering for her. 

I am now a big fan of Maggie Fechner and can't wait for her next published novel.

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Bonneville (November 2010)
  • Source: Local Library
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1 comment:

Emily R. King said...

Good review. I love Maggie! (I'm a new follower.)