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The Guardian


Joyce Sweeney's new novel centers on Hunter, a teenage boy who has been in foster care his whole life. Now that his faster dad has died, he and his foster sisters are under their unstable foster mother's guardianship.

His only shred of hope is when he sees long-haired, motorcycle driving man that he is convinced is the same man that came to him when he was four and told him he was his guardian angel.

When things start changing for the better and his prayers begin to be answered, Hunter is sure that finally someone cares about him.

But is his guardian angel really what Hunter hopes he is?

I thought this was a fantastic novel!!! Joyce Sweeney so perfectly weaves Hunter's story so that he is real to the reader. I cared immensely about everything happening to him. All of his foster sisters and even his foster mother were starkly contrasted and made to be three-dimensional - honest and raw in their portrayal. Hunter's voice was spot on, and Sweeney's writing style was poetic - yet managed to never be long-winded, but instead suspenseful and gripping. My thoughts and reactions mirrored Hunter's. I felt like I was alongside him at every triumph, every fall.

I was hooked. From the moment I opened it, I could hardly put it down. She does the unexpected - she surprises you, yet satisfies you. She haunts and disturbs you, yet inspires you. I cannot rave enough.

All I can say is make sure to buy it or check it out from your library - because it is worth every second of your time.

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Sadako said…
This looks great--I really liked your review of it, and I'm def adding it to my to read pile!

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