“I chomp on the apples like I’m a wolf tearing into its dinner.” P.171 • I got …

“I chomp on the apples like I’m a wolf tearing into its dinner.” P.171 💚

I got this read for my daughter who gave up on it and DNFed. I was curious as to why she would abandon it and man, it was tough getting into this one. I did not give up though and past the halfway mark, it started to get really good. It ended very strong and the story was touching and I loved the representation of coming to a country where you don’t know the language (my cousins went through this in elementary school). But it took a LONG while to get to that point. For a middle grade book especially, I think it would’ve been better to make the first half of the book more concise. I found myself glossing/skimming at parts too! But the 2nd 1/3 of the book really made this a heartwarming and worthwhile read (although I can’t convince baby girl to keep going). The illustrations were lovely and really enhanced the book! 💚



7 thoughts on ““I chomp on the apples like I’m a wolf tearing into its dinner.” P.171 • I got …”

  1. Caroline you are bang on about the expected story structure more middle grade and YA books. Adult books too. The first pages tell the reader the status quo of the protagonist and why they need to change. The inciting incident needs to happen fairly soon (by the 5% mark I think?) to keep readers from DNFing. Or so I’m told 😉

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