Unable to add item to List. Cleary picks up on all the details of fourth grade, from comparing hand calluses to the distribution of little plastic combs by the school photographer. This was purely a coming of age novel. “There’s something about a wedding, something so perfect and so sad, all at the same time. It was low-key, just what they needed, seeing that my mother’s father disapproved and refused to attend and my father’s family couldn’t afford much more than the Party Room for a couple of hours, a cake, and a cousin playing the piano; my father had paid for the justice of the peace. Then one evening we were all watching “Jeopardy! Welcome back. It was just really painful for some people who can relate. At twenty-one my sister is a petite five-four, with the kind of curvy, rounded body that I wish I’d been born with; tiny feet, perfect hair, small enough to be cute, but still a force to be reckoned with. However, he cheated on her on Halloween night for a girl named Laurel Adams. “It was fine,” I said, wondering what words I should use to describe such an event, the details I should go into/ “The food was good.”, “It always is at weddings.” She reached down and picked a few shiny leaves, rubbing them together in her hand. The minister cleared his throat, Charlie Baker handed Lorna over to my father, and now, finally, it was really happening. On the same day Rob has two astonishing encounters: first, he stumbles upon a caged tiger in the woods behind the motel; then he meets Sistine, a new classmate responding to her parents' breakup with ready fists and a big chip on her shoulder. Sadly, my experiences haven't been all that great. She already had mailing labels, just sitting on her desk waiting to be used: Mrs. Ashley Warsher, 5-A Rock Ridge Apartments, with a little rose next to her name. Of course he was looking across the room at Lorna, who was surrounded by her own group of people, all admiring the ring, laughing, and looking at my father and me looking at them. I've come to a short conclusion that Sarah's writing style just isn't for me. Sumner was the kind of person that you wanted to sit with in the sun and spend the day. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. I'm glad this wasn't the first book of hers I read, or else it would be the last. I loved to see her out there, hair tied back and the world blooming all around her, the colors so alive and constant and all by her own hand. There were a few things I liked, but overall the story seemed pointless. No reunion, wedding, or funeral was complete without at least one stroke, heart attack, or general collapse from Grandma at which time everyone shifted into High Dramatic Mode, fussing and running around and generally creating the kind of chaos that my family is well known for. Three months after his mother's death, Rob and his father are living in a small-town Florida motel, each nursing sharp, private pain. Something went wrong. The woman with the clipboard smiled, the cameraman shook Sumner’s hand, and everyone applauded except for Ashley, who just shook her head.