A few weeks ago, my critque partner, Roberta Brosius got to celebrate the publication of her debut novel Surviving Meemaw. I’m so ecstatic for her! Of course, through out the past year, I’ve read bit and pieces of this YA novel, and have recently enjoyed sitting down and reading it from chapter one to the end.
Last week, I mentioned it’s Nanowrimo month for us writers. Well, let me reassure you that Nanowrimo novels really do become published books. Your looking at one above. Surviving Meemaw was Roberta’s nanowrimo project last November. And you guessed it, she’s working on the sequel with Meemaw and Laney this November.
If you’re looking for a fun read that will make you smile and maybe even laugh on one of those nights you just want to curl up with a book– this is a must read.
High school senior Laney Odell thinks her life is messed up enough. She’s had to leave her boyfriend, her best friend, and Arkansas to move in with Meemaw, her Pennsylvania grandmother. Meemaw wears garishly colored clothing, drives like a maniac in her yellow PT Cruiser, and directs a team of puppeteers, making her a minor celebrity in town and a major embarrassment to Laney.
To make matters worse, Meemaw enrolls Laney in tiny Millburgh Christian Academy and agrees to teach Puppetry in exchange for Laney’s tuition. Though uncomfortable with the strict, religious atmosphere, she’s excited by the attention cute, artistic, funny Calvin Berger gives her. Calvin is nothing like bland, boring, brotherly Joshua Gold, one of Meemaw’s puppeteers, who hangs out in Laney’s kitchen after puppet shows.
Will Laney adapt to a new life with her quirky grandmother and finally process the tragic event that sent her there?