Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee

The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee: Sneak PreviewThe Categorical Universe of Candice Phee: Sneak Preview by Barry Jonsberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book as an ARC from Chronicle Books as a Goodreads Giveaway winner.

I started this book with the intention of reading a couple of chapters before carrying on with the other things I had planned. Three hours later, I held a completed and amazing novel in my hand.

Candice Phee is a little special and a little different, but is not upset about this fact. She merely is herself. And for an assignment for English class, she is tasked with writing an Alphabet Autobiography. Through her narrative, she ponders, thinks and records the actions that make her uniquely someone who, to quote her Rich Uncle Brian, "dances to her own tune." She decides through her charming narration that she needs to help her "dysfunctional family" pursue happiness.

A thoroughly satisfying read--I laughed out loud, I cried, I cringed. It is a compelling novel of a girl who is not diagnosed on the Spectrum, but based on her behavior and reactions, could be. I recommend this to everyone, especially those who are fans of Wonder, Out of My Mind and Marcelo in the Real World.

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