Often I don’t enjoy books that are written in the form of poems, but this one was excellent. JoEllen’s parents are divorced, and live 42 miles away from each other. At her dad’s farm on the weekends, she is country girl who rides horses and listens to bluegrass, while during the week she lives with her mom in the city as Ellen and plays the saxophone, watches old movies, and is interested in fashion. Her two lives are completely separate: her mother doesn’t even know she can cook! Through these poems, JoEllen decides to try to bring together the two halves of her life and personality for her 13th birthday. It’s a very short book, and definitely worth reading.
Reviewed by Rachel