Author: Anne Ursa
Publishing Date: September 27th 2011
Page Numbers: 312
Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn’t help it – Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn’t fit anywhere else.
My Overall Review:
First of all, we all know about the saying that goes “Don’t just a book by it’s cover”. But can I be honest with you all?
I do judge books by covers.
Covers tell us about the story. They create an idea in our minds about what this story is going to be about. And I decided to take out this book because of it’s beautiful cover. Hats off to person who made the cover. Gorgeous.
Now that I’ve said that, let’s get on with the real review.
This lovely story is based on the very famous ‘The Snow Queen’ story by Hans Anderson.
I love Hazel. And I felt so bad for her. Her pain and sadness over problems she faced, just made my heart melt. She thinks she’s an outsider because of her Indian descent (like me, if you don’t mind me adding) and her adoptive parents. The thing is, at least once in life, we all feel like we don’t belong.
What is normal? What can we do to fit in? What does so-and-so think of me?
Admit it or not, we all have felt like this at least once in our lives.
But Hazel feels like this again and again.
She gets even more puzzled when her best friend, Jack, turns away from her. Growing up is really hard. Your playing in the park one day with your friends, building castles and making mud pies, but the next day your faced with decisions and choices.
Although the story was very wonderful, I felt like the ending was rushed. I just wish that Anne had taken a little bit more time and given a few more details at the end.
Other than that? The book is very fabulous. I don’t often reading fantasy stories, but this one was a very good one. Just a few things I would tweak at, but still amazing!
My Rating: ★★ ★★☆ 4/5 stars
Worth Re-Reading: Probably
Character Structure: I felt like I didn’t know Jack’s mom well enough or Hazel’s adoptive dad. Other than that, it was good.
Mature Content: Not at all