Finished One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails. I received a copy for review.
Steffy and her older sister Nina live with their Auntie Gina. (Her dad isn’t around and her mom has had a traumatic brain injury and she’s in a nice assisted living-type place.) She’s focusing on her cooking (which she’s incredibly good at) and school when suddenly her life is turned upside down: her dad is back and he’s going to live with them.
I loved this sweet middlegrade. And I love Steffy. Adult readers will pick up on things younger readers may not (or may just register faster) but nothing in this novel is gratuitous or inappropriate. (My example is that Steffy’s dad keeps a ton of beer in the fridge and drinks a lot of it. Then the beer disappears and he starts to spend a lot of time in their church’s basement. Adult readers may not only clue in to “drinking problem” almost immediately but will also think “AA meeting.”)
Warning: food descriptions will make you hungry. Recommended.