Tending to Grace

Tending to Grace by Kimberly Newton Fusco (0-375-82862-1)
This debut novel for teens is a real gem. It is the story of Cornelia, a teen who has been forced to take care of her mother. Cornelia has defined herself by the way she fixes things for her mother. But then when her mother runs off with a boyfriend, she dumps Cornlia off at her Aunt Agatha’s house. Agatha does not need the same sort of care that Cornelia’s mother did and Cornelia must now find her own way. Added in to the mix is the fact that Cornelia doesn’t speak because of a stutter.
Both Agatha and Cornelia are great female characters. Agatha is not the caregiver that readers might be expecting as a foil to Cornelia’s mother. Her broken-down truck, tipping-over outhouse, and messy house don’t seem like the right place for Cornelia to find peace, but it makes it that much more believable and authentic when she does.
The book goes by much too quickly. I wanted to stay in the messy, vibrant life of Agatha and the book-filled, angry life of Cornelia. Recommend this to girls who will enjoy the language, the spareness and the journey.

2 thoughts on “Tending to Grace

  1. I love this book it is one of my all time favorites and i caint wait to you come to my high shool and tell us about it!! Which is Laurens High

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