Tuesday, June 28, 2011
In Front of God and Everybody by KD McCrite
This book sounded so fun that I was eager to review it. I picked it up a dozen times and read the first paragraph over and over. Sometimes, I just have to be in the right mood to read a book. But I was so glad I finally got into it. What a cute book! April Grace is an 11-year-old living in the Ozarks. She has a 14-year-old sister, Myra Sue, who avoids hanging around her younger sister. April Grace is full of spunk---and has a sarcastic mouth. Their parents were childhood sweethearts and have an amazing marriage. April Grace's mom is generous to a fault. Her grandmother lives alone behind their farmhouse.
Some city folks, Ian & Isabel St. James, appear at their door one day, looking down their noses at April Grace and their dog. Well, actually, they look down their noses at anyone in the area and feel themselves to be superior to these backwoods folks. But wouldn't you know it...April Grace's mom ends up inviting them to stay in their home while their old house is being renovated. Myra Sue is smitten with Isabel, a city ballerina, and begins to imitate everything Isabel does.
A loud-mouthed old man, Jeremy Rance, shows up and begins showing interest in Grandma. April Grace has a bad feeling about him and catches him snooping around Grandma's house. But Grandma is enamored...and even changes her hairstyle and hair color for Mr. Rance.
April Grace is a pretty perceptive 11-year-old. She sees things for what they are and tries to tell her parents, her grandmother and even her sister but it seems as if everyone just sees her as a smart-mouthed kid.
This book will have you laughing out loud! KD McCrite is witty and has a fabulous writing style. I wholeheartedly give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. And I can't wait to share it with my granddaughters.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.