Finished Mostly the Honest Truth by Jody J. Little. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“After Pop is sent back to rehab, Jane Pengilly arrives at her newest foster home determined to stick to the straight and narrow and get back to her beloved dad as soon as she can. It’s not the first time they’ve been apart, but Jane’s determined it will be the last.
Twelve days out in the boonies of Three Boulders makes Jane miss Pop more than ever. But as the days go by, she realizes that family is more than who you’re related to—and that a home can be found in the unlikeliest of places.”
I love Jane so much. She’s got all this responsibility on her, and she clearly wants to do everything she can to keep her family going. And she takes care of Pop as much as he takes care of her (okay, she does more of this, I believe) and so she’s like, “OK, I can make this work for 12 days and then I can get my real life back.”
And Three Boulders sounds amazing. Like Jane, I was skeptical at first (it seems SUPER GRANOLA, guys) but everyone is so nice and it seems to work so well. And it’s this great place that I seriously want to visit. (I don’t think I could do softball and the garden but still. Still.)
I absolutely adored this story. I wanted to read it because of the Great Gilly Hopkins vibe, but it’s completely its own deal.
I read the acknowledgments and the first paragraph was the books that Jody Little read as a child and I could see the influences. At the same time, this isn’t a retread of books I loved as a kid. This is fantastic on its own. And I will tell you now that if I had read this in elementary school, I would’ve read this book probably at least five times in a row. This would’ve become my new favorite book.
This is an amazing book. Your middlegrade reader will likely love it. Highly recommended.