This book is surprisingly beautiful and story is simply pleasing.
Lots of Baseball.
In The Distance To Home, this is not happening. Quinnen act as 11 yr. old, behave, react, talk and get angry like 11yr. old. She feels jealous like kids do from their teen siblings.
That is story too, Quinnen and her sister, Haley, they were like a best friend until one summer, Haley join a camp where she meet new people. There she met Jack, and something starts. That bothers Quinnen a lot as Haley start ignoring her totally and Quinnen thought that Jack is stealing her sister. She starts hating him. Misunderstanding happen and at vacation, Quinnen do some bad impulsively. Then, Haley die in accident but Jack survive. Quinnen blame Jack. and Herself.
Every summer, the place host a Baseball tournament and families host players of Baseball teams. This summer, Quinnen’s family host a baseball player.
The story is of grief surviving family where a 11 year old girl is trying to forgive herself. Quinnen is star pitcher of the local team but she does not play now, reason for her family to host a player. Might be Quinnen start playing again.
The story is simple, easy and perfect summer reads for 10-15 age groups.
Second best part of the book is author did not create the romantic side of Quinnen. It is good as lots of kid’s book with so young characters start pushing love and romance. But Quinnen only love Baseball. Also, her relationship with Hector (baseball player) is not of crush or admirer type.
Casey’s character is supporting but he written so well, it provides relief to Quinnen and her story. He is lovable character and he stick even after book is finish.
Like Quinnen, i did not like Brandon at first but finally, like Quinnen I started to like him. I hope he become great pitcher of time, and I do not even know how Baseball game work.
Father of Quinnen is wow. He is superb and caring. Mother is like all mothers but her father win the crown.
Writing style is simple too. No metaphors, no long dialogues, no make-you-think type sentences, thank you very much. It is good to read something so refreshing where you do not have to put lot of effort to understand the layers of words. It convey single message.
Mistakes happen. We all make mistakes.
I am going to follow Jenn Bishop. Lastly, thanks again for not putting romance in it. Book is better without it.
But what i do not like is Baseball knowledge, in which I am a noob and sometime i do not get the terms characters are using. There was glossary at the end of the book which i noticed after reading the last page. No use. Not only terms but some action go over my head because of my illiteracy in Baseball sports, but i do not mind, book is good and that is all matters.
But they could have put numbers or some sign on terms they explained in glossary.