Book Review: 37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon
It's the last week of school before the summer and Ellis's life is falling apart.
First, her mother informs her that it's time to shut off the machines keeping her father alive. Her mother promised her that they would make this decision together, and Ellis depends on her dad. Sure his life might be sustained by machines, but Ellis talks to him almost everyday.
School should be a refuge, however Ellis doesn't really want to go. Plus then she has to face her friends. Abby may be her oldest friend, but her need to be the constant center of attention makes it hard to talk about her issues. Colin is a good friend, but he is obsessed with Abby, and she comes first.
Ellis feels lost, and has no one to turn to. She finds her self drawn to Cara, an old friend she lost touch with shortly after her dad fell. Things are easier with Cara, but expectations of something more than friendship get in the way. Ellis is confused, needs a friend, and needs a place she can turn to. These last few days of school are going to be trying indeed.
Don't be deceived by the pink summery cover, this book is deep. Ellis is going through a lot of stuff, especially with her dad, but also at school. Her friendships are being tested, and in a few short days things change very quickly. Fans of books by Sarah Dessen or Sarah Zarr will enjoy the family and friend drama in 37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon.