Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

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  • Publisher: Fiction Std
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 328
  • Source: Copy sent from author for review
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Overview

Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. It’s 1985 and her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a newer model. Fortunately, she’s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ, Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike (no one should look that much like Jesus unless they can perform a miracle or two), but suddenly he’s everywhere. Until one day, she’s stuck in church with him—of all places. And then something happens; Apron’s broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she’s been adrift.

Mike and his grumpy boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store and Apron’s world seems to calm. But when she uncovers Chad’s secret, coming of age becomes almost too much bear. She’s forced to see things the adults around her fail to—like what love really means and who is paying too much for it.


My Thoughts 


This book is not a book that I would have picked up on my own I don't think. The overview sounds good and it has a pretty cover, but it's nothing that really would grab my attention. That being said, I LOVED this book. It was beautiful and heartbreaking. It has some very serious issues in it, and a really great message. A few actually. I was immediately immersed in Apron's life and hoped needed to know that things would work out for her. This thirteen year old girl goes through so much in a few months and she still manages to hold it together. She is a very strong character, but she is also still just a young girl. This book made my heart ache. 


Apron is such a great character. She is missing her mother who died, dealing with her new step mother who happens to be pregnant, and pretty much hates Apron and her father doesn't really help matters. He is forever siding with M as Apron calls her. She has lost her best friend to the popular girl and in general just feels so alone and sad. She ends up befriending Mike who owns a flower shop with his boyfriend Chad and after a while ends up helping them out there. This isn't without other complications though. Things at home aren't great, and the secret that Chad has is making things difficult at the flower shop too. If I was in Apron's situation there is no way I could have handled myself the way she does.


Apron's father is a Latin professor and tends to be really busy with school stuff even at home so he is more of an absent parent. It's not that he's not around, but he isn't there for Apron when she needs him mentally. He fails to see how horrible M is to her. He doesn't see how much Apron needs to know that he loves her and will be there for her. That he hasn't forgotten her for M and the new sibling that will be coming.


Mike and Chad are really great. I couldn't help but feel that if I were Apron's parent I wouldn't really feel comfortable with her hanging out with two grown men, gay or not, but I am really glad that she became friends with them and they became such a big part of her life. I loved how they were with her. They didn't treat her like a little girl. They would mention how she was a kid, but they respected her. Chad and Apron got a long great. They would spend hours together reading or telling jokes. Mike is a bit more serious, but he was still really great and if Apron needed something he was there for her. 

Aside from them there are other really great characters and them some that I didn't care for much. I loved her grandmother. She was a riot. I didn't really like Rennie, Apron's ex BFF, but at that age that's just the way girls are. It was sad that Apron didn't really have any other friends, but if she did, I don't think that things would have developed the way the did with Mike and Chad. I also liked that the neighbors were brought into the story too.  


This story was so touching and also heart shattering. As much as I knew what was coming it didn't stop me from bawling my eyes out. I literally had to put down the book and compose myself before I continued, only to start crying pages later. It was very emotional because of how invested I was in the story. I tend to be a very emotional reader so I expected that. What I didn't expect was that days later, even now, these characters are in my head. I just really loved this book. It is a beautiful and touching story that will stay with you. 5 out of 5 stars.

20 comments:

  1. I agree, this isn't a book I'd normally pick up on a whim either (although I love the cover). I'd need a little coaxing. Great review! This book sounds like a poignant, yet cute story. There also seems to be a pretty good mix of characters which I find very important.

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    1. You can borrow it whenever you want. You know that. Any of my books are available for your borrowing pleasure. :)

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  2. Great review Amy! I probably wouldn't have read this, either, looking at the synopsis. I probably, to be perfectly honest, would have run the other way screaming. -.- But now I want to read it because of your review! I haven't read an inspirational, sad book in a while, and I really need to cry a little soon. o.O

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! :)

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    1. This book is full of emotion. I think what makes it so emotional is the build up to everything. You know where it's going and you can really feel the intensity as it all leads up to it.

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  3. Great review Amypoo! This is not something I would have picked up on a whim either and it's great that you actually loved it and it's making me curious because well.. #soulmates! It sounds emotionally profound and although I don't like to read those TOO often, when I do I find they're memorable. I'll have to keep an eye for this one.

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    1. This one totally caught me by surprise. The thing that was more surprising was when I started reading and found out that Apron is a thirteen year old. I didn't think I would really be able to connect, but I was so wrong.

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  4. Girl Unmoored is one of my new summer favorites! I think it's the kind of book that one of your friends discovers and tells you "You HAVE to read this!" That's how I found it!

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    1. I was lucky enough to be contacted by the author and asked to review. I figured I would go out of my comfort zone a little and read it even though it's not something I would think to pick up. Seriously awesome decision on my part!!

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  5. Great review! I wouldn't have picked this one up either, but it does sound like it was an enjoyable read. I love finding new books to enjoy that I've never come across before.

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    1. It's so great to find a book that is just awesome when you aren't expecting it. This has been happening to me quite a bit this year actually.

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  6. Love little surprises that come up in the form of books you weren't even aware of turning out to be finds! Nice review.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. Thanks Val! It really was amazing!! I am so glad that I read it.

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  7. I am so thrilled you loved Girl Unmoored. I almost started crying again reading your review. The picture frame scene killed me! Wouldn't this make a magical movie?
    Great review, sweetie!

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    1. OMG!! This would make an amazing movie!! I would need an entire box of tissues for it though. I am so glad I decided to read this one. It was so good!!

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  8. I thought I remembered hearing about this book! I remembered Andrea's review. I know she really liked it too. Great review babe! I guess with two of you liking it, I supposed I should take a look at it. :)

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    1. It's a very touching story. I found myself completely absorbed in this thirteen year old girls life. My heart was aching along with her.

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  9. This sounds like a very intriguing read. I kind of want to know what Chad's secret is, but I guess I have to just read it !
    It looks like an unpredictable read and I already hate Apron's dad and step-mother. Chad and Mike should be very interesting ! Great review and thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. This book was so fabulously written. They way everything fit together and unfolded was just amazing. I didn't know what to expect from it, but it blew me away!!

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  10. So glad you loved this one! I did too :-) Apron's such an endearing MC and JGH did an amazing job of breathing life into all the characters that populate this novel. I cried at the end, but it was also such a feel goodbook.

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    1. Yes, I agree. Even though it is sad, it's still really a great book and you feel good after finishing it.

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