The Summer of Broken Things – Margaret Peterson Haddix

  The Summer of Broken Things – Margaret Peterson Haddix, Simon & Schuster, (9781481417648), 2018

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2.5

Genre: mystery

What did you like about the book?   Avery and Kayla couldn’t be more different. Avery is athletic, rich and pretty with two caring, albeit professionally busy, parents. Kayla Butts is called “butt-girl” in school, her best friends are elderly people in the home where she volunteers and her father is confined to a bed. So when Avery’s father, Mr. Armistead, insists on taking Avery to Spain for the summer and he insists on taking her childhood friend Kayla, Avery is horrified. She’s upset to miss soccer camp with her friends and even more upset to be stuck with Kayla for the summer. From the start their trip seems to be cursed — a flight is canceled, luggage and a passport go missing and their accommodations are not up to Avery’s usual standards. Then there’s Mr. Armistead’s weird behavior — it seems like he’s hiding something and it appears to involve both the girls and a secret from their past. Can they discover how their lives are connected before the summer is over?

I did like the alternating viewpoints and the European setting. It was nice to see some growth in the characters in the course of the book, especially Kayla.

To whom would you recommend this book? Students who are die-hard Haddix fans may like this book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I found this book muddled and uninteresting. I wasn’t invested in the mystery of how Kayla and Avery are connected. The book felt like it dragged in parts, as well. Overall, not a memorable read at all.

Who should buy this book?  Libraries with big Haddix fans may want to purchase this book.

Where would you shelve it?mystery

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date reviewed: May 16, 2018

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