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Review: Free Verse

June 10, 2016

Free Verse


Sasha’s mother left her family years ago and then her father was killed in a mining accident.  She and her brother Michael were doing okay and then he died in a fire.  Sasha is placed with a kind foster mother but she still struggles with anger and grief.

Michael had big plans for Sasha – he wanted her to go to college and get out of their small West Virginia town.  That’s hard to do when your a foster kid, though.  Then Sasha discovers poetry.  It helps her deal with her grief and her anger and just might be her ticket out of town.


The line between calm and not gets blurry
I shake and get lost in my head
I breathe quick and I worry

I thought Free Verse by Sarah Dooley was just wonderful!  Sasha has faced one tragedy after another her whole young life.  She misses her father and brother something awful and tries to do what she thinks they’d want.  It’s hard to have a positive outlook, though, when there’s been so much tragedy in your life.  Then Sasha discovers the Poetry Club at her school and finds a way to express herself

I adored Sasha and her story.  She had so much tragedy in her life and still yearned to fulfill her brother’s dream.  Her grief and her struggles felt very real to me and I found myself rooting for her from the very beginning.  This sensitive and moving book will appeal to middle grade readers on up.  Be sure to check it out!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

My friend Julie sent me this book.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
15 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2016 7:30 am

    I don’t know why but I can’t get into novels in free verse. I went to the library for One by Sarah Crossan when I saw it was getting all sorts of prizes, but then I saw it was in verse and put it back… I’m probably missing a lot of good books because of that….

  2. June 10, 2016 8:19 am

    This sounds fantastic! I would love to read this one.

  3. June 10, 2016 9:14 am

    I’m also reading a YA – between shades of gray, by Ruta Sepetys. I sure do like a good YA. And yours sounds like a very good one.

  4. June 10, 2016 9:26 am

    I sometimes have trouble reading free verse novels but I’ve found I really enjoy them on audio. This sounds really moving!

  5. Patty permalink
    June 10, 2016 11:29 am

    I haven t even seen this book anywhere! It sounds lovely!

  6. June 10, 2016 11:42 am

    Novels in verse are hard for me to get into, but I love the premise of this story. Thanks for sharing.

  7. June 10, 2016 1:39 pm

    What a sad story, but glad it has a good ending. I hope my library has this, and I think audio would be the way to go for me if it’s available.

  8. June 10, 2016 3:14 pm

    Oh this sounds lovely.

  9. June 10, 2016 4:03 pm

    Not my style..nope

  10. Literary Feline permalink
    June 10, 2016 9:56 pm

    This does sound good, Kathy. I will have to look for this one.

  11. June 10, 2016 10:19 pm

    This sounds wonderful.

  12. June 12, 2016 1:23 pm

    Not really a fan of verse novels but I think I just haven’t found the right book. I’m not sure I want to read about all the tragedy in this book but I will try to read Brown Girl Dreaming first.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    June 13, 2016 2:31 pm

    This was so good! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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