Book Review: “37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order)”
By Kekla Magoon
Henry Holt and Co., 2012
Reviewed by Isabella Grabski, 15
Ellis's father has been in a coma for years after a construction accident, and she's always held on to the hope that he'll wake up. Suddenly, though, her mother wants to take him off life support, which is something Ellis can't bear to consider. With her life falling apart, her future seems bleak — at least, until she begins to find solace in the most unexpected places. In the last four days of sophomore year, promises are made, friends are found, and Ellis’s life is transformed forever.
Kekla Magoon’s novel 37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order) depicts Ellis as a true girl with a vibrant, honest personality. She's a multidimensional character and is so believable she seems as if she's a real person. Each page of seamless writing adds insight into her character. She handles every obstacle thrown in her path with strength and determination, even when she must struggle with difficult decisions.
The novel explores a wide breadth of themes in remarkable detail, ranging from sexuality to death and grieving. These themes are woven together so naturally that they don’t come across as preachy. However, some parts of the story were not developed quite as well, such as the resolution involving Abby, Ellis's best friend. Abby’s storyline is left dangling, leaving the ending somewhat lacking.
All in all, 37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order) is a rich novel sure to draw emotion from the hardest of hearts and to inspire those struggling with similar issues to live with the greatest strength.
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