One Crazy Summer is a smart, sharp, and humorous story with three very lovable and realistic characters. The novel is narrated by Delphine, whose strong sense of responsibility and protectiveness sometimes annoys her little sisters. But there is no doubt that the girls all love each other and share a strong bond, and their optimism and determination is equally as strong. Even though the story is told from Delphine's perspective, the book is about each of the sisters and how they are changed by the month they spend with Cecile and other members of the Black Panther Party—and by how they eventually change Cecile. The dialogue is extremely realistic and well-written, and the pacing is perfect. One Crazy Summer is an excellent novel for both young and old(er) readers.
Cover Comments: I like how bright and colorful this paperback cover is (and all of the awards just make me grin--this book certainly does deserve them!). I think it is a little more inviting than the hardcover cover, although I really like them both and it's hard to choose my favorite.
Also, be sure to look for P.S. Be Eleven, the sequel to One Crazy Summer, coming May 21st, 2013!
Book borrowed from the library.