by Mary Amato
In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.
A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.
What a happy read! The title is fitting for the story but also the mood. You get happy just by reading this light hearted tale. I was surprised by this book. I was not expecting such a humorious tale of a teen by the synopsis. I was expecting to have a drama filled book with a teen that you get a bit annoyed with. Completely the opposite here and I am so excited it was. I really enjoyed this book. I love laugh out loud comedy and this book has it. I found myself reading this straight through and laughing most of the way. I really like Minerva. She is such a joy to read about. Her journey is great and I am so happy that I got to experience it!
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About the Author
Born January 3, 1961, in Belvidere, IL; grew up in Libertyville, Illinois; married Ivan Amato (a science writer); children: Maxwell, Simon. Pets: Sorry, none! Favorite food: Chocolate.
I studied special education and dance at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. In graduate school, I studied fiction writing and poetry at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.