4 out of 4 stars
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The year is 1977, and April Schweiter just turned thirteen years old. She has a hard situation at home. Her mother, Harriet, over-reacts to April’s behavior, and does not treat April with love and respect. Her father, Charles, is a polar opposite of his wife. Charles is kind and understanding.
April may have a hard time at home, but that doesn’t stop her from being an outgoing girl. She likes to party and flirt with boys. She drinks alcohol and even smokes an occasional blunt. On the cheerleading team, she likes to be the focus of attention.
April’s Heart written by Shilah Ferr grows with April and her challenges and relationships. It mostly focuses on her relationship with a boy her age, Mitchell Hudgins. April and Mitch begin their relationship in the eighth grade, despite any disapproval from friends or family. This book follows them into high school, and then college and beyond. I would like to give more information, to say what happens to them and what they have to go through, but anything more would be a spoiler. I believe this book would be better enjoyed when its contents remain relatively a mystery.
What I enjoyed most about the book was that it told the perfect love story. It truly depicted a beautiful relationship. There were so many ups and downs, so many arguments. But, it demonstrates how love does come with pain. No relationship is easy.
There is not anything I strongly dislike about this book. The formatting is a bit weird. There are no line breaks for dialogue. It is in paragraph form, with the breaks occurring almost randomly. Once I got used to this, it didn’t bother me anymore.
Overall my feelings about this book are extremely positive, and I give it 4 out of 4 stars. It was captivating, and unlike what I have read before. I truly found myself getting involved with the characters and rooting for April and Mitch.
I recommend this story for anyone who wishes to explore the relationship between April and Mitch alongside them. I do have some exceptions. This book does contain quite a bit of profanity and even more erotic scenes. I do not think it is appropriate for anyone under fifteen or sixteen. For anyone older than that, it just comes down to taste. If you are a fan of romance, you will enjoy this book.
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