This trip is Sarah’s first time going away without her family, and she is terrified and thrilled, all at once, but her journey entails more than just being on an adventure far from home; it’s about figuring out how to fit in when you’ve felt so apart all your life.
Character Developement: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10 Ending: 9/10
Total Score: 54
Cussing: None at all.
Drugs, alcohol, etc.: A little drinking, I believe it only happened once.
Sexual Content: None at all.
Aimed at age 12 and up.
This book was written by Lisa Ann Sandell, who I have already established as an amazing author (cuz she is). This book was no exception to the grave and beauty of her writing. It is written in verse, like another of her books, SONG OF THE SPARROW. It is easy to fall into the rhythm of the verse, and once your there, hard to leave. The book was very pleasing, though I think I like it least of her three. The motifs that continue through the book will leave you contemplative and thoughtful. Sarah's journey to Israel ties in perfectly with the flashbacks of her hard high school times. And the changes that the trip created in Sarah were prominent at the end of the novel in a relinquishing way. When you put it down at the end, you will feel somewhat cleansed and peaceful.
As an added snippet, this is what Lisa Ann Sandell has to say about the book on her site:
This novel is based very, very loosely on my first visit to Israel, which took place during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. There, I stayed on a kibbutz not so different from Kfar Avivim, and I fell in love. With being on my own, with the land, with a boy, with the whole idea of romance. But that is where the similarities end. Sarah is very much her own person, and her adventures are different from my own. Promise.