5/23/14

Signed, Skye Harper

Author: Carol Lynch Williams 
Pages: 304 
Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Life is just fine for fourteen-year-old Winston. She loves her dog, Thelma, and although she never knew her dad, and her mom left ten years ago in search of Hollywood fame, Winston has family with Nanny, who is in her forties, and that doesn't even make her old. But a "just fine" life gets a lot more exciting when a letter arrives from Skye Harper, aka Judith Fletcher, aka Winston’s mother. She needs help, and Nanny says the best way to give it is to take a cross-country road trip—in a "borrowed" motor home—to go find Mama once and for all. Winston’s not so sure about this plan, but with a cute stowaway named Steve along for company and an adventure on the horizon, this is sure to be a summer to remember.



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

My Summary: Set in the 1970's, Signed, Skye Harper follows fourteen-year-old Winston Fletcher as she discovers that the mother who left her ten years ago to become an actress is alive and in need of help. Together with her grandmother Nanny and Steve - the son of the owner of the RV - they set out for Las Vegas to find Winston's mother and bring her home.
  
My Thoughts: Although this novel was set in the 1970's, it felt as if I was reading a modern coming-of-age story. Winston was an extremely relatable character, and the situations addressed by the author have a timeless quality about them; first loves and forgiveness as well as second chances and absentee parents combine to make this a novel that could be set in any time period and still .resonate with readers. 

I really liked the cover, and I feel that it fits well with the story. The colours and model's expression in the picture reflect the overall atmosphere of the novel as well as Winston's uncertainty about the trip, her mother, and growing up. 

I also really enjoyed the humour, and the little moments here and there that made you stop and think. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more by Carol Lynch Williams!

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to younger fans of contemporary literature as well as fans of romance and family-oriented novels.

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