Monday, November 15, 2010
Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars
The whole book spans only about 36 hours, and yet in it we see Sara mature by years. She learns to acknowledge love, to humble herself enough to apologize to a classmate she's misjudged, and to stop focusing on her looks long enough to let the rest of life in a little. The book is a quick read - I finished it in about an hour - but it packs a punch. There's quite a bit of late 60s slang ("that fink Joe") and some ideas that today's reader might find strange (Sara's solution to the orange shoe problem is to attempt to dye them baby blue), but the real story is definitely the emotional one, which still comes through loud and clear.