Finished Sophie Someone by Hayley Long. I received a copy for review.
Sophie’s life is going on OK. She has good friends and a good school. She and her brother get along and she loves her parents, even though her mom is embarrassing (she’s obese and agoraphobic). And then she learns her family has a major secret. (A MAJOR SECRET.)
It took me a while to get into this because Sophie has a habit of playing with words. Sometimes it’s clever (“introvert” for “internet”) but mostly it’s just kind of annoying. (It’s easy to figure out, though, and she keeps using the same words (for example, “pigeon” for “person”) so it’s at least consistent.
Once I got used to it (or maybe once the story got more compelling), I definitely stopped paying attention. And I started to really like Sophie.
The best part of this book, though, is the duality of everyone. A character in the book is a jerk and a bully but is also surprisingly sweet at a time she didn’t have to be. Sophie’s dad did a horrible thing but he’s still a good dad. No one is ever just one thing (good or bad).