I just finished a wonderful novel, Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. It’s from the middle school library where I spend my mornings, but the unique voice of the main character transcends preadolescence in a distinctively refreshing way and I am completely in love with this book. In honor of Willow Chance and her fondness for the number 7, I offer seven observations she made which struck me.
- “I have given in. But that’s different from giving up.”
- “…says that nothing is for certain. That is the truest statement I’ve ever heard.”
- “books = comfort”
- “Life, I now realize, is just one big trek across a minefield and you never know which step is going to blow you up.”
- “Maybe that happens when you’ve been through a lot. All of your edges are worn off like sea glass. Either that, or you shatter.”
- “It happens as most things do, in the smallest of ways.”
- “…is life so filled with random action that the very notion of caution is futile?”
In a world filled with stuff to read, this little gem stands out. Read it.