Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
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August 19, 2008
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Spunky, headstrong Violet Raines is happy with things just the way they are in her sleepy backwoods Florida town. She loves going to the fish fry with her best friend, Lottie, and collecting BrainFreeze cups with her good friend Eddie. She loves squeezing into the open trunk of the old cypress tree, looking for alligators in the river, and witnessing lighting storms on a warm summer day. But Violet’s world is turned upside down when Melissa moves to town from big city Detroit. All of a sudden Violet’s supposed to want to wear makeup, and watch soap operas, and play Truth or Dare! It’ll take the help of Violet’s friends, her Momma, a few run-ins with lightning, and maybe even Melissa, for Violet to realize that growing up doesn’t have to mean changing who you are.

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Violet Raines is quirky and strong, loyal and funny and always looking for adventure. She has lived in the same small town all of her life and she likes things just the way they are.

Unfortunately, things are about to change and Violets life as she knows it will never be the same. A new girl rolls into Violets neighborhood, bringing new interests from a big town. Suddenly, Violets best friend is interested in makeup and movie stars and Violet is being teased about her friendship with a boy.

Violet has to decide what is really important to her and to learn that being true to herself is all that she needs. Growing up doesnt have to mean changing who you are.

This book is a lot of fun to read. Its about growing up, reluctantly. Violets point of view is fresh and honest and the other characters are unique and believable in their own way.
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