“October” by J. Grace Pennington
An Indie Christian Book
Review copy from the author
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
For Emily Baxter, life is simple. Her world is made up completely of school, church, and the community in the small farming town she calls home. All that changes one fateful Sunday, when a new girl shows up at Pleasanton Baptist—a girl unlike anyone Emily has ever seen. A girl with long red hair, crystal green eyes, and style and posture like royalty. A girl named October. The months that follow are filled with magic—the magic of ordinary things, of finding pictures in the stars, of imagination and a new sense of beauty. But as time goes by, Emily begins to sense that her enchanting new friend may have secrets that could break the spell. Is October really all she seems to be?
This is a hard book to review. But not because it wasn’t good. Because it was very good. It was both delightful and rather heart-wrenching. So much beauty, and yet, there was also pain. That’s how life is, isn’t it?
This book was like a whisper. It wasn’t loud or bursting. It was soft, and gentle, like a Fall breeze. Yet it had it’s deeper message, and the ending was bittersweet.
The characters were so very well constructed. So real – this whole book really was. From page one, the writing style drew me in, and connected me with the characters as we got to know them. Emily is a sweet, outgoing girl with a big heart. Her enthusiasm for meeting and welcoming October is endearing.
Emily’s cousin, Jax, is also a great character with a quiet strength. I liked his character very much, and perhaps felt his pain in the end the most, personally.
And of course, October. She was beautiful, and quiet, and complex. Also so sweet.
I really liked this book. The writing is so good. But to be sure, “October” is not a fluffy book. It is a whisper book, yes, but it deals with real issues. And I’m glad for it. I think this can be a very powerful book in a teen’s life (and really, not just teens at all – any age), and in helping understand others. There’s always a story behind every person, and every person has their struggles. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but at the same time, it is almost expected.
Don’t let that stop you from reading this book, though. Just…be prepared. It’s lovely. But it also has its sorrow.
!!! *Spoiler*!!! (don’t read this if you haven’t read the book. ^.^)
It is very much like the Bridge To Teribithia (at least the movie – I have not read the book). It is good, and yet so, so sad in the end. I generally prefer happily ever after endings – that’s who I am – so, yes I was very sad by the ending for October and would’ve preferred a happier ending, but at the same time, I understand its ending and why it is this way – it is realistic, it makes sense. It’s just sad.
!!!*END OF SPOILER*!!!
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