As part of a challenge, this is a re-read and re-review (if there are such words) of a book I read in 2012. It wasn't my favorite of Amy's books, so I wanted to give it another chance. I am happy to say I did like it much better this time around. As I have read and reviewed many more books over the past years, one thing I did notice is this is written for a specific audience. This is a young adult book, and I think Amy totally nailed the pov for this story.
Lydia seemed a bit whiny, but life had thrown her a curve ball, and sickness puts pressure on the entire family. Amy shares that wonderfully in this story. Knowing Amy better now than I did in 2012 I have to wonder how much of the research was personal experiences in her own family. A story I understood and enjoyed better this time around. 4.5 stars.
About the Book:
Slipping. Lydia Bontrager’s youngest sister is frighteningly ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher’s assistant and helping part time at her grandmother’s bakery. Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk. The secret of that mistake leaves Lydia feeling even more restless and confused, especially when Joshua, the only boy she’s ever loved, becomes increasingly distant. When a non-Amish boy moves in nearby, Lydia finds someone who understands her, but the community is convinced Lydia is becoming too reckless. With the pressures at home and her sister’s worsening condition, a splintering relationship with Joshua, and her own growing questions over what is right, Lydia could lose everything that she’s ever held close.