Friday, July 7, 2017
This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy
Sarah had big plans for the summer. She was going to learn to surf and speak Latin. She was going to rebrand her image with a new look and nickname. She was going to practice yoga daily for inner peace.
She was not going to take a month-long train trip with her family.
However, that's exactly what she ends up doing when Mimi, one of her mothers, wins a free trip across the country for the whole family as part of a writing program.
Now, Sarah is trapped on the train with her animal-obsessed younger sister Ladybug, her activist older sister Laurel and her boyfriend Root, and her two moms. To make it worse, there's a second family also in the same program with a Texan dad, too-friendly teen son, and two rambunctious senior citizen aunts.
It's going to be a crazy summer!
I was disappointed in this book. I've read Levy's first two books about the Fletcher Family and absolutely loved them. I thought they were some of the best LGBT books for grade school kids that I had read. While incorporating LGBT characters and themes, those books did it very organically. This book tended to be entirely too preachy about it. It also was extremely preachy about social issues -- the environment, race issues, white-washing of history, etc.