25. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban, 224 pages, read by Angie, on 03/17/2012

Zoe is going to be the next piano prodigy to play at Carnegie Hall. All she needs is a piano and to learn how to play. But she is determined. Then her dad buys her an organ…not a piano…an organ. It doesn’t play Bach or Beethoven it plays tv show theme songs with a samba beat. But Zoe learns to play the organ and she is determine to perform in the Perform-o-Rama competition. Only problem is that her dad is agoraphobic and can’t really leave the house and her mom works all the time. So what is a girl to do? She is determined and will find a way.

Zoe is awesome! I listened to this book on audio and I think the narrator nailed her voice. She is spunky and she really puts up with a lot. Her home life is not the easiest but she does the best she can with what she is dealt. She learns the organ that her father bought instead of the piano she wanted. She manages her father and all his craziness. He doesn’t leave the house; he is always taking some kind of course whether baking or scuba diving or flying (yes from the living room). And her mother is absent a lot because she works to support the family. Then there is her friend?? Wheeler who just followed her home one day and doesn’t seem to want to leave.

This is a book about hope and family and perseverance and making do with what you have and enjoying it. Zoe does all that and more.

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