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Rating: 4.5 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Lots of fun. I don't remember there being a cat though.)
Genre: Middle Grade
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 176 p.
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Emily's destiny is set in stone. Her mother named her after the famous poet, Emily Dickinson, and she says that Emily's destined to be a great poet. The only problem is that Emily doesn't really care much for poetry; she doesn't get it. She wants a different destiny. When she accidentally loses her baby book (a book full of Dickinson poems that her mother wrote all the important information in) she finds out just how much control destiny holds over her life and what she can change.
This was such a fun novel. I loved Emily. Her mother was totally pleasant and a little strange which was excellent. I loved following Emily while she tried to discover where her book went. This was a great tale about how destiny plays a part in our lives.
The characters were one of the best parts of this book. Each one of them just came to life and they were very fun. The voice for this novel was great too. Emily jumped around with her focus just like a real person would. Her adventures were much more fun through her eyes than they might be if they were written differently.
Whether or not you believe that we are controlled by destiny, this is a complete delight of a book. The characters are fun and just a tad quirky. I hadn't read anything from Kathryn Fitzmaurice before, but I'm glad that this one caught my eye.
"My destiny was decided in a secondhand bookstore the day before I was born when my mother, Isabella, found a book of poems."
"I'll make it a scientific poem and entitle it 'Scattered Nothingness' if you want."
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