I don't know if any of you are this way, but I have a constant backlog of books I have been meaning to read. I keep lists of them in my office, jot them down on scraps of paper in my bag, borrow them from friends and libraries, then accrue massive late fines as I put them down to finish something else. Seriously, I just paid my neighborhood public library $19 for my last batch. Basically I am a slow, but ambitious reader. And I do mean slow. It was always a problem in school, I could never finish a book in time. I have a good attention span, so that is not the problem, its just that I get caught up in all the detail... I think and think about every sentence, turn it over in my head a few times before reading on...
That said, it is no excuse for why I haven't read my friend Libby's book Blow Out the Moon until now. I've know her for 2 years and it has taken me that long to sit down with it. For that I owe her a huge apology hope she will forgive me!! I've had it for ages, even had her sign it, but not had or made the time.
Anyways, now I have (better late than never), and it is FANTASTIC! I am going to have to sing its praises on this blog in the hopes that everyone who has not yet picked it up will run out to their bookstores and libraries... because it is so worth reading! I am absolutely in love with it- I don't think I've fully understood til now how much Libby really has retained all the best qualities of childhood, as she so perfectly articulates them in her writing. There were so many moments I read a passage and remembered instantly feeling that way when I was a kid, though I had completely forgotten it.
The best thing about this book is that it is written completely from a child's perspective. So many things that are important to children, events that are big and looming to them (though not always to adults) are recorded just as a kid would view them, and delivered as though your best friend was confiding to you on the playground. They are delivered lightly and delicately, as the story builds on itself. The little photos sprinkled around the chapters were fascinating as well- getting to see the real life characters and all their little things made me feel like I was getting to peek inside a secret world.
I will stop so I don't completely embarrass you Libby. Every so often I am struck by how lucky I am to have such talented friends!