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{Twigs: Alison Ashley Formento}Twigs by Alison Ashley Formento
Published by Merit Press on September 18, 2013
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: Merit Press
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5 Stars



{Synopsis} – One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it’s high noon.

They call her “Twigs,” because she’ll never hit five feet tall. Although she was born early, and a stiff breeze could knock her over, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs it, as life throws a whole bucket of rotten luck at her: Dad’s an absentee drunk; Mom’s obsessed with her new deaf boyfriend (and Twigs can’t tell what they’re saying to each other). Little sister Marlee is trying to date her way through the entire high school; Twigs’ true love may be a long-distance loser after a single week away at college, and suddenly, older brother Matt is missing in Iraq. It all comes together when a couple of thugs in a drugstore aisle lash out, and Twigs must fight to save the life of the father who denied her.

{My Thoughts} – Twigs is an interesting character with a lot of spice in her attitude when things really start to bother her. She was born pre-maturely and given the name Madeline, but that isn’t the name she grew up being called. She grew up being called Twigs. The name just kind of fit her, her personality and all.

This book takes place over the course of a couple of weeks and within that time a lot of things take place in Twigs life. She is suppose to start college at a not so liked school, she has boyfriend and family issues she has to deal with and she also has a job that can be sometimes just plain horrible.

Twigs is a strong character, she is described is this short girl that looks about 9-10 year-old I believe is what I read, but she has a lot to give. Her personality is so easy to connect with, I suppose it could be because I understand where she as a character were coming from, but she is just one of those characters you could imagine being best friends with your entire life.

I really enjoy when I read a book and the book makes me feel like I am a part of the story and this book did just that, it helped me to feel like I was a part of the story. Maybe, a spectator watching from afar, but it pulled me and and it didn’t let me back out until the very end. I laughed, I teared up and I just plain enjoyed this book.

I do hope to read more books by this author in the future.

I recommend this book for teens about to graduate or just having a rough time finding their place and where they belong in the world. The world can be a big and not so nice place, and reading about someone else making it, may help them to understand that they can make it as well, even when everything around them seems to be falling into shambles.