Summer on the Short Bus is a zany, unpredictable novel that isn’t concerned with being politically correct or making a statement about how differently-abled people are treated, but realistically portrays Cricket’s emotional journey as she exposed to a very different world than the one she is used to. Cricket’s behavior and her thoughts are completely transparent to the reader through the first person narration, and her reactions to the campers are harsh but believable coming from someone who grew up the way she did. The characters and events of the novel believably bring about Cricket’s change of perspective, and Crandell’s subplot about Cricket’s family ties to the camp gives Cricket an extra motivation for character growth. Crandell’s heavy use of pop culture, banter, and humor fit seamlessly into the story, making Summer on the Short Bus as entertaining as it is heartfelt.
Cover Comments: I love this cover! I like the yellow and the the illustrations are fantastic, yet the title treatment does a good job at conveying that this is a YA book. Fantastic.
ARC borrowed from Cori McCarthy.
This book is out tomorrow!