Speed of Life by Carol Weston

SoLPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.91 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Publication Date: April 1st 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Summary (Goodreads):

What happens when the keeper of your most embarrassing secrets starts dating your dad?

Sofia wonders if 14 might be the worst possible age to lose your mom. Talking with her dad about puberty and s-e-x is super-awkward (even though he is a gynecologist). And when she wants to talk about her mom, her friends don’t know what to say and her dad gets sad.

When Sofia discovers Dear Kate, an advice columnist from Fifteen magazine, she’s grateful to have someone to confide in about everything from crushes to mourning—someone who is completely, wonderfully anonymous. It feels ideal—until Sofia’s dad introduces her to his new girlfriend, Katherine Baird, a.k.a., Dear Kate…

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

Thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Though it’s been a year her mother passed away, fourteen year old Sofia Wolfe misses her badly. She and her father are still coping over the loss. She feels lonely without her mother’s presence and she doesn’t know how she’ll express her feelings to her father. After Katherine Baird or well known as Dear Kate, an advice columnist at a teen magazine visited their school, she decided to email her asking for advises and talk randomnly about girl stuff. She finds comfort opening up to her but things get awkward when her father introduces her new girlfriend and it happens to be the woman behind Dear Kate.

I really like this book. It’s greatly written and I like Sofia’s character development. Her mother’s death left a huge impact in her family and struggled in moving on. I like her honesty and innocence. There are times she’s naive and that’s okay because it’s part of growing as she continues to learn many things. I like that she’s flexible and understanding. She slowly adapts to changes and I think she adjusted really well. Also, I like the little cute romance between her and Sam and how she get along with Alexa (Kate’s daughter). It’s not easy for these two but I’m glad they worked it out.

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