Semiprecious Review

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If you've ever had a bad day, you would have an idea of what Garnet was going through. In this book, Garnet has bad days for a whole year. With few simple mercies, Garnet manages to survive. Garnet learns that, when the going gets tough, the tough can get going.
Garnet is a twelve-year-old girl who has lived in Texas all her life. Until one muggy August day in the early 1960's, her mother decides to pick up and move to Nashville. Garnet and her older sister, Opal, are dropped off at their aunt's house in Willow Flats, Oklahoma. Meanwhile their mother settles into Nashville, promising to come back before the beginning of the school year. I'll let you read the book to figure out what happens.
I enjoyed this book very much. Like most books, Semiprecious has parts that readers like and parts that readers don't like. What this reader liked about this book is that Garnet persevered through being lonely, and being unpopular. If you have ever been new somewhere, you would know that it is not always pleasant to be new. Yet even though Garnet was new, and had a tendency to run off, she kept going. What I did not like about this book is that it was monotonous. Basically, it is the same thing every day with a few twists and turns. Garnet ran into troubles, she had a bad day, repeat day. But these monotonous things also made it more interesting when the exciting things happened.
Semiprecious is a good example of what some girls are going through in their lives. Garnet is a good girl with a relatively, bad life. But Garnet learned that she could get through it by willing herself to hold on just long enough for her dad to bring her and Opal home. I would tell anybody, to read Semiprecious. It is a great book and I think all tween-age girls would enjoy it.
Over all, Semiprecious is a good book and I enjoyed it. There were some parts that I didn't like but there were plenty that I did like. Garnet has learned an important lesson that this reviewer thinks everybody should learn: That when the going gets tough, the tough can get going.

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