Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Small Medium at Large, by Joanne Levy- Review
After she’s hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there’s her overopinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one big fear: talking to—and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with—her crush, Andrew Finkel.
It's a lucky day when a book I've been hoping to read for awhile falls into my lap. Such was the way with Small Medium at Large, a debut from this summer that I'd heard many a wonderful thing about, but hadn't gotten my grubby little hands on yet. Until the Ontario Book Blogger Meet Up at the start of November, when I won it, Joanne and I decided it was meant to be, and forevermore we would be bosom buddies who met up for coffee all the time. Proabably in Oakville? Since we don't live in the same city.
A quirky and laugh-out-loud funny story, Levy's tale was so much fun it left me wishing I had a young girl to share it with. But instead I'll share it with you until I can find said young girl, I'll share vicariously.
Small Medium at Large is one of those stories that takes all the usual woes and adds a fun twist. Divorced parents, dating, first kisses, and all the awkwardness of growing up, with the added bonus of helpfull ghosts. As if you need the cute guys dead dad telling you about his underwear! And although the situations were full of great comedic material, what I especially loved was the positive spirit it was all approached with. Lilah's dad isn't bitter about his dating fiasco's, Lilah doesn't hold a grudge against the mean girl, there are no friendship blow outs or scenes full of sulking. Instead everything was approached as if there was an easy solution, someone just needed to think of it. It was upbeat in a way that leaves you with a smile on your face and bounce in your step.
I would definately be down with more of Lilah's medium-esque adventures, but with such a solid debut I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to whatever Levy has for us next.
Small Medium at Large, by Joanne Levy
Published by Bloomsbury, July 3rd, 2012
My copy won at the Ontario Book Bloggers Meet Up
Buy Small Medium at Large on Amazon