The Great Unexpected: A Book Review

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37BellaBefore we get to the book review, if you could just take a minute, and vote for me in the Valentine’s Day Photo Contest over at American Girl Fan, I would greatly appreciate it! :) I am photo 37.

The Great Unexpected

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

Summary: In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in town—like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed—three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . . As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: Sharon Creech writes some very peculiar stories, but when it comes down to it, she is a flat-out amazing author. She creates distinctive character and her writing never seems to lose that magic touch. Her most recent book, The Great Unexpected, was a touching story that will please readers of any age.

From the very fist page, I fell in love with the main character, Naomi. She was smart and I liked how she thought things through. She reminded me of another protagonist in a Sharon Creech book – Sal in Walk Two Moons. Both girls were bright and had unique perspectives on life. This is definitely a book worth quoting from! :) Although entirely different from Naomi, I loved Lizzie too! She was quite the chatterbox, and I loved her quick and funny lines, especially when the book got a little more on the serious side. She was oblivious to a lot of things, but that just added to her character!  Nula and Joe were lovely in all ways, and they made me think of Marilla and Matthew from Anne of Green Gables. Clearly, there were many aspects of the book that made me think of other ones, but Sharon Creech kind of put all of these random characters together and was able to make it work, which is key.

The plot was interesting, but not very clear from the description. Don’t get me wrong, the story was entertaining and it was so well-written, but from the cover and inside cover summary, I wonder who is going to pick up the book? Anyhoo, there were a few different story lines going on at once, but there was no confusion for me. I liked “the tree boy Finn” and the “Across the Ocean” parts, because they were a bit unexpected. What I liked the most though, was that the author tied everything together in the end. Even the tiniest things were brought back to the main storyline, which I thought was a nice touch.

Overall, this was an extremely good read, and it would make a great choice for any type of reader!

Pros: Developed characters and well-written story.

Cons: Nothing!

Heads Up: The plots are a little “out there,” if you know what I mean.

Overall: I give this 5 stars {*****} and I recommend it for ages 10 and up.

Have a fabulous night!

B :)

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