Friday, April 4, 2014

The Other Way Around - YA Book Review

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Andrew, the main character of Sashi Kaufman's The Other Way Around, isn't the best student, and his mom is the headmistress at his school, which makes things kind of awkward. His mom can't understand why her son is having so much trouble, but she's also very preoccupied with her job and doesn't take the time to find out why. And Andrew can't turn to his dad because his dad is off being an unsuccessful writer.

When Andrew has finally had enough, he runs away. The plan is to take the bus to his grandma's house, but that plan backfires, and Andrew finds himself riding in the back of a camper van with a group of street-performing Freegans.

Andrew doesn't know where they're going or when he'll go home, but he does know that he's finally discovering how to live life on his terms.

If you run away from home, it's not guaranteed that you'll have the same roadtrip experience as Andrew, so it's probably not recommended. But what is recommended, for everyone, is understanding that not all kids fit a specific mold. Recognizing each kid's specific strengths is so important in helping them understand how to use those strengths and determine who they want to be.

The Other Way Around is published by Carolrhoda Lab and is available to purchase now. I received a free review copy for my honest review.

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