Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Review: Falling Over Sideways

The day that everything changed was a normal day.  Dance practice, homework, worried about the new school year, quibbling with parents, her brother off at some practice or another.  Until Claire was eating breakfast next to her father and he started acting strangely.  His words weren’t making sense and he couldn’t move one side of his body.  From that day on, everything changed.  And Claire simply didn’t know what to do with this kind of change.  Not only does she have to deal with mean girls at school, a rivalry with an old friend, and her dance friends leaving her behind, but now her dad is sick, her mom is distracted, and her brother is dropping everything to help out at home.  Where does Claire fit in?

Falling Over Sideways is a typical Jordan Sonnenblick book: a serious subject with a light-hearted touch.  His books are always a quick and enjoyable read, though there might be a few tears along the way.  If you have readers that enjoy books by John Green or other books by Jordan Sonnenblick (Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie), they will love Falling Over Sideways.