1995: Walk Two Moons (long roadtrips and crazy friends)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 4.5/5

In Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle takes a road trip with her eccentric grandparents to visit her mother before her birthday. During the drive, she tells them the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, her friend who received mysterious messages, who was stalked by a lunatic and whose mother disappeared. Part mystery, part romance and part coming of age tale, Walk Two Moons deftly weaves two parallel stories together and builds to an emotional, touching ending.

Salamanca is a fun, yet subdued protagonist. Her retelling of Phoebe’s adventures mirrors her own insecurities regarding her mother, who one day left and never returned. She tells Phoebe’s story as a way to address her abandonment issues and deal with her father’s new girlfriend. Her relationship with her grandparents is fun to watch, as they encompass all the quirky traits of the world’s best grandparents. Each character is enjoyable to read about, and it’s easy to imagine hanging out with the grandparents, Phoebe and Salamanca.

Walk Two Moons was an inspiring tale that explores a variety of familial issues – abandonment, long lost relatives, deceased family, and more. While many topics are covered, the story never gets too heavy; it’s told in a light and humorous way – especially the times when Salamanca talks about Phoebe’s over-the-top encounters with her stalker and her mother’s alleged kidnapping.

Keep this book around for a day when you want to step into someone else’s shoes and experience life from a different perspective. Walk Two Moons is both comforting and heartbreaking with a little bit of craziness to boot and is filled with memorable quotes.

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