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Book Review- Imperfect Spiral

Submitted by amy.huhtala on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 14:14
Lily Christensen

Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy is a incredibly depressing young adult book. The plot is about a girl Danielle Snyder has a babysitting job during the summer. The babysittee is a curious 5 year old boy named Humphrey Danker. He is adorable with very successful busy parents who don’t have enough time for him. One day Danielle and Humphrey are walking home from the park. When their football pops out and bumps into the road. Humphrey runs after it and gets hit by a car. All of this happens in the beginning and throughout the book Danielle is dealing with the consequences of it, with her friends, fear of public speaking, her messed up family, court meetings, and illegal immigration issues.

Danielle has to overcome her fears, like her fear of public speaking that has gone way back to when she was little. Her therapist helps her find ways to subdue it when she gets asked to speak in court meetings. She learns to come out of her shell, makes new friends, and deal an unexpected death of someone that didn’t deserve to die at such a young age, when she has to deal with it at such a young age as well.

This book was heartbreaking, but still a page turner and difficult to put down. It was very well written, with great details on Danielle’s feelings and her perspective on big events that come up. There was great character development, and the characters felt real to me. It made it feel as though the reader is actually in the book experiencing it. Overall, a great book.