The Key to the Golden Firebird

 
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Reader reviewed by Hillary

The funny thing about stop signs is that they're also start signs.

Mayzie is the brainy middle sister, Brooks is the beautiful but conflicted oldest, and Palmer's the quirky baby of the family. In spite of their differences, the Gold sisters have always been close.

When their father dies, everything begins to fall apart. Levelheaded May is left to fend for herself (and somehow learn to drive), while her two sisters struggle with their own demons. But the girls learn that while there are a lot of rules for the road, there are no rules when it comes to the heart. Together, they discover the key to moving on and it's the key to their father's Pontiac Firebird.

This critically acclaimed, totally compelling book is perfect for readers looking for both a fun ride and a lifechanging journey from one of today's best new YA writers. And it fits perfectly in the glove compartment. (From www.barnesandnoble.com)
I did not really enjoy this book. I still believe that Maureen Johnson is a great author, but I don't think this is her best work. I didn't see much of a plot and as a baseball HATER, I really disliked that portion of the book which was like...umm, about 98%. The characters were interesting and when there was some action I was totally into it. I would not recommend this book.
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Reader reviewed by Tif

This is the story of three sisters, Palmer, Brooks, and May, dealing with the loss of their father. His death affects each of them differently, taking each girl on a roller-coaster ride in the already bumpy time of adolescence. But in the end, finding a connection to their dad through his intense love of baseball and his beloved Golden Firebird, together they find a way to begin to heal.

I really enjoyed this novel. Her portrayal of the differing effects of grief and shock on each of the girls was realistic and frank. The story shifts back and forth between the points of view of the three sisters, and every reader can find something in these characters to identify with.

This book has a lot of messages and lessons about loss and love, especially about not making assumptions about how people feel. Despite the somber topic, the story is not overly dark and ends on a positive note. It is a well-written and touching story.
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