Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper

I was so inspired by yesterday's meeting I read the rest of the book last night, and I am happy to report that its a YAY. Sparrow is a girl who has gotten very good at keeping secrets and yearns for a "normal" life, one without nagging from beyond the grave, six crazy sisters, a grandmother who enjoys jujitsu, and a mother who can't pay her bills and a father who disappeared long ago. She thinks she can start fresh in a new high school, but a handsome poltergeist shows up demanding to be heard, so she's forced to change tactics, and slowly realizes that a web of lies will not a clear conscience make. Excellent clean fair, though its certainly aimed at a female crowd.

The authors undercuts the timelessness of the tale with brand dropping (Lucha Libre, which is soooo outdated, and Victoria's Secret) and one major typo (years instead of ears), but the story is strong and the characters of Sparrow, her ghosts, and Jack, the surly kid at school are sympathetic and interesting. Its a solid story on it's own but leaves definite room for the further adventures of Sparrow, psychic wonder.


At December 14, 2007 at 10:54 AM , Blogger kathy said...

I really enjoyed Sparrow, the visual with the Tarot cards on the cover added to the ambiance of the book. The characters were well developed and consistent, it was a quick read, and her spirit guides were charming.

The only part I remember not resonating with me was her fury with Luke for not telling her more about the aftermath of his death, but hello? aren't the spirits walking because there is something unresolved? Maybe they walk for less significant things too, and the rest of the book flowed well enough that I forgave that dissonance.

It is a fun, wacky book, good read without taking itself too seriously.


At January 28, 2008 at 5:46 AM , Blogger Kip said...

Really good story, some funny and realistic characters and it was a coming of age story as well. YAY.

At February 6, 2008 at 10:34 PM , Blogger Ms. Zandra said...

I wasn't as taken with this one as everyone else. I don't see it as award worthy. I don't know....MAYBE


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