Hey guys! Like many of you fellow bookworms, camping is not my favorite activity. I don’t love dirt. I screamed once when a silverfish ran up the side of my bathtub. And I would much rather reread Heart of Darkness any day than hike.
Every once in a while, when I read a good book, I sometimes want to go outside. This book made me take a walk, and, friends, that is saying a lot.
Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe is about a runaway, Cricket, who escapes to the woods to follow a trail of clues to her Mama’s mysterious Bird Room. Cricket is lonely, with only a jar of peanut butter and a cricket friend named Charlene for company.
She braves the terror of the woods, living in a treehouse and waiting patiently for the day where her Mama starts taking her medicine again and comes home. Some of this book is a tough read. Growing up with mentally ill parent who leaves constantly is not something I would wish on any character, particularly one as sweet and resilient as Cricket.
Yet, when she triumphs, and she does, you might just shout hurrah.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly to any middle-grade reader just at the age where they can start to appreciate nuance and hardship in their stories.
I recommend this book a 4/5 and I’m sending a big hug to netgalley for lending me and ARC. Spring has just started to peek out from the ground here, so I’m wishing you all warm days and sunshine. Let’s all try to take more walks this year.