Speed of Life What happens when the keeper of your most embarrassing secrets starts dating your dad Sofia wonders if might be the worst possible age to lose your mom Talking with her dad about puberty and s e x

  • Title: Speed of Life
  • Author: Carol Weston
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 DeWhat 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 Praise for The Speed of Life The Speed of Life is the kind of book that you want to read speedily, all at once, because the characters are so engaging, the voice of the narrator pitch perfect, the situations convincingly real and raw, the humor and liveliness of the prose such fun to follow, and the feelings of that time in a teenager s life when everything can go from awful to awesome in a heartbeat are so vividly captured You won t want to put it down But my advice is slow down and savor this delightful book, full of carino, funny and heartfelt, and spoiler alert not just for teens Julia Alvarez, award winning, bestselling author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies Carol Weston s Sofia moves beyond sorrow to all the possibilities of teen life in this wonderful book that takes us from loss to laughter Richard Peck, Newbery Gold Medalist for A Year Down Yonder

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    1. Carol Weston says:

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Carol s newest novel, SPEED OF LIFE, is for ages 11 Starred reviews Kirkus, PW, Booklist, SLJ New York Times perceptive, funny, and moving Newbery medalist Richard Peck calls it wonderful Julia Alvarez says, You won t want to put it down Carol is also the author of AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT and AVA XOX, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky , a series about a fifth grade word nerd NYTBR says AVA AND PIP is about sisterhood, but it s also a love letter to language nyti 1ggyDHV Carol has been Dear Carol at Girls Life since 1994 Her first book, GIRLTALK HarperCollins was translated into 12 languages A Yale grad with an M.A from Middlebury, Carol has been a guest on Today and The View and loves visiting schools The author of The Diary of Melanie Martin series Knopf , her fan page is facebook writercarolweston She posts helpful videos at youtube girltalkwithcarol She and her husband live in NYC, and have two daughters and a cat twitter carol_weston



    2 thoughts on “Speed of Life

    1. 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 [...]

    2. (Note: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publishers and author.)Speed of Life is coming of age book for age group between middle grade and YA. This is perfect summer read for teens (for girls only). The book is about life of Sofia after her mom’s death, her grief and struggle, feelings, family drama, and teenage stuff. The age when she needs a mother the most, is not around and about how after all she gone through will climb the moun [...]

    3. Disclaimer: Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley. This was ADORABLE. If I had to sum my thoughts about this then I'd say it literally was the best emotional, nostalgic and relatable roller coaster ride down the memory lane of my early teen years. AND I enjoyed reading it a lot!There were so many amazing things about this book that I appreciated and one of those was the diversity in this book. I noticed that the writer tried to have a distinguished, diverse set of characters [...]

    4. “Sometimes life ends when you don’t want it to, and sometimes it starts when you don’t want it to.”Transition. Change. Acceptance.Death was inevitable as we all say. It takes a lot of courage, a lot of time to heal wounds and a lot of time to bring back the pieces of a shattered heart. But even so, once broken nothing can make it as whole as it is. It just gets better and stronger and wholer the next time it gets the pace of pain, hurt and sorrow.Speed of Life is a beautiful story depict [...]

    5. "So what's Dear Kate going to talk about?" I asked."Probably the ABC's of adolescence.""The ABC's?""Anorexia, Bulimia, and Cutting!" Kiki laughed.Hi. Hi. NO.First of all, this book was classified as YA on NetGalley. If it is, it's very, very young YA. I felt like the characters acted the way I did in the sixth grade.And I couldn't even really get through this book. I found it so cringeworthy. I mean, just LOOK at the quote above. Hahaha, those things are so funny. I sure do hope Dear Kate talks [...]

    6. This was precious. As soon as I had read the summary, I was expecting a good read, and I wasn't disappointed. The story was touching, the characters were great, it was an interesting read. I especially liked how it took place over a year, with each chapter being a month is Sofia's life. And the range of emotions I felt while reading! There were so many times I was holding back tears (both from sadness and from happiness) but there were also some really funny parts - intentional or not. ("Oh no! [...]

    7. Sofia lost her mother eight months ago and is still reeling from the loss. Her friends are supportive and try to get her out of her shell, but she's just not ready to move on yet. After an advice columnist comes to her school for an assembly, she decides to write to her to ask her questions she can't bear to run by her dad, or even her best friends. The two form a correspondence and she begins to feel better until she uncovers a secret that turns her world upside down once again.Speed of Life ta [...]

    8. Luckily, I read this book early because my bookstore had an ARC (advanced reader's copy) and let me grab it! As a mom, I can tell you that it’s perfect for that tween age. Not a kid novel, but not a young adult novel either (and yes, I know many kids are 12 going on 20). Speed of Life follows one year in the life of a girl who lost her mother eight months earlier and now befriends an advice columnist. I was a big fan of the author’s first book, Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told [...]

    9. This summer, I read Carol Weston's book while sipping morning coffee at the cottage. It was a perfect kick off to my summer. Carol's characters are immediately likeable. The situations portrayed are realistic and allow a parent to step inside the emotional world of a tweens grief over the death of her mother, her own first love, parental dating, moving, step-sibling and moving along.I hope you'll take the time to read her book as an enjoyable work of fiction that will surly provide educational i [...]

    10. I read this book as prep for an upcoming podcast and I was absolutely blown away by how attached to these characters I was. The book is for pre-teen to early teenagers but I would recommend that readers of any age pick this up. It teaches young kids how to handle loss (the death of a parent) and I think it also will help adults better understand what is going through the mind of teens as they deal with difficult situations.

    11. This book is a gem! I loved the main character, Sofia, and found her endearing and an honest representation of a 14-year old girl. At times her best friend Kiki, was a bit corny, and some of the dialogue was just a bit off, but overall this book rang true to some one who spends a lot,of time with pre-teens and teens. I looked forward to reading it and thought about it when I had to put it down to actually get on with my life.Brief Summary: Sofia is a 14-year old living in New York City. She atte [...]

    12. I loved the book, but here's my major problems with it! ***WARNING, SEMI-SPOILERS AHEAD, DON'T READ IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE IT. I don't feel like putting in a million "view spoilers"The main problem for me was Sofia's thoughts and insecurities.1. Fourteen year olds don't obsess over sex! That really annoyed me every time one of her friends would say "I got a new boyfriend, and I'm going to have sex with him". It's like, I'm thirteen myself and I'd never even CONSIDER having sex until high schoo [...]

    13. Jonathan Hunt of Heavy Medal often wrote about what a Newbery winner that wasn't a middle-grade novel might look like. Now this isn't a Newbery contender in my opinion, but I think it's worth reading with the "Age Question" in mind. There is a way to read the Newbery manual that makes any book Newbery-eligible despite widespread societal norms about age-appropriateness: is there any imaginable 14yo who could read this? Yes? Then it's eligible. I don't accept this argument myself, but I can't den [...]

    14. This is a great book for any young teenager that is dealing with the death of a parent. Sophia is learning to live without her mom. Just when she is getting use to it being just her and her dad, her dad starts to date someone new. Sophia’s world is turned upside down yet again.I got so lost in this book I read it in a day. Thankfully I never had to experience what Sophia did. My heart did go out to her though and all the other characters. I didn’t want the book to end. This is a great coming [...]

    15. The narrator of this story is Sofia, a fourteen-year-old girl whose mother died eight months before the story begins. Over the next year Sofia is healing from this loss and dealing with many changes, including her father beginning a relationship with someone else. The book touches on several issues including abortion and teenage relationships in a straight forward non-judgemental way. I would recommend to 6th grade and up.

    16. loved this book. perfect combination of tragedy and love. although it was slightly predictable, it was still well written enough that i wanted to keep flipping the pages. Loved how she really gave each character a unique personality and stuck with it the whole time

    17. The 411:This is a story that called for me to read it. I couldn't put this book down even in the middle of my very busy mommy, work and blog life. There is so much I love about a girl named Sofia who like me lost her mom as a young teenager. I was going on 12. At times I found myself re-reading passages as I remember those firsts without my mom. Oddly enough the dates resonated with me. Sofia's mom died April 8th. So did my mom. Her mom's birthday was in June. So was my mom's. Sofia and Maria rh [...]

    18. I took my ARC on a family weekend getaway and had just gotten started when my 14 year old niece found it and asked if she could read it. Her Mom had been complaining that she had only been reading required school books (versus for pleasure) the last year or so. As you can see from the attached picture at the airport, I don’t think she put it down from the time she started till the time she finished. She texted me a fairly long text with her feedback… Couple of comments I pulled from the note [...]

    19. good reviews and a BFYA not, but not a book I feel that connected to, which is a shame because I think this book straddles MG/YA. Upper West Side stories don't feel relatable to my readers and the voices of the characters didn't stand out to me.

    20. What a fresh and funny book! I loved the main character Sofia, a 14yo who is grieving the death of her mother. When her father starts dating an advice columnist that Sofia herself has reached out to for advice via email, Sofia has to sort through all the emotions of watching her father move on when she still misses her mom so much. A great, relatable story filled with humor and heart.

    21. The story: Sofia's mother died last year, and now her dad is dating again. She's got all these hard questions and no one to ask--so she turns to Dear Kate, the advice columnist at "Fifteen" magazine. When Kate gives her good answers and solid advice, Sofia emails more and more--until she finds out that the advice columnist is the Mystery Woman her dad is dating! Now what!?!?NOT FOR THE BIG BOOKJune Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; Violence G; Sexual content PG-13; Nudity G; Substance abuse PG-13; [...]

    22. Reading Sofia's story brought me instantly back to my days of pouring over YM and Seventeen magazines in the early 90s ~ all of the angst and uncertainty combined with absolute hope that growing up would make life easier, and that magazines and advice columns could decode the entire process. This book is about grief, to be sure, but it's at the same time an incredibly happy book, as Sofia manages to miss and remember her mom so poignantly while finally experiencing a whole new life. I loved the [...]

    23. Slow at first, but got better when Sophia realized her dad was dating the advice columnist she had anonymously confided in - with all her innermost teenage thoughts. That revelation raised my hopes that it would be a good read. As the story went on, there was interesting interplay between Sophie and her new "sister." After that, it was downhill from there. Lot's of Sophie self-talk, and a rambling description of her new life. All's well that ends well, I suppose, but I could have done without re [...]

    24. I LOVED Speed of Life. When I was halfway through, I started thinking: I really care about these characters: I want to be part of their journey; I want them to find a happy ending. I was hoping the author could pull it off and I'm very glad to say that Speed of Life finishes perfectly. I highly recommend this novel and I imagine it would be especially ideal for a girl who has lost someone she loved--or for that matter a reader experiencing love for the first time. Special bonus: Speed of Life gi [...]

    25. When I requested this book, it was listed as YA, however, I felt that it could be seen as a book for a younger age. Definitely not a child's novel by any means due to the content, but 11-12 would be a good starting point. I found myself really getting attached to the characters, and I found my heart breaking for Sophia. It's an excellent read for those who are going through a significant loss in their lives, and how you can cope with big changes ie. a parent dating again, or changing schools. Yo [...]

    26. I really liked how the main character is so real. It’s a year and a day in the life of a girl who goes from age 14 to age 15, middle school to high school. Sofia’s mother died when she was 13, and her friends don’t get that this is not something she’s going to get over right away. They live in New York City and push her to go out and have fun but Sofia doesn’t feel ready. She starts writing to an advice columnist (the author of the book is an advice columnist) and the book has some fun [...]

    27. Two and a half stars. A very readable contemporary YA novel--though long on coincidence. I found it a little difficult to believe that the main character (not to mention her father) would overcome the loss of her mother so quickly. I wanted to see Sofia push back a little more at all the changes in her life; would a grieving teen agree so quickly to move into her dad's girlfriend's house and transfer schools less than a year after her mother's death? Still, I enjoyed Sofia's voice, and the relat [...]

    28. *NOTE* I got an e-book arc of this book from the lovely people at NetgalleyWow, what an amazing diverse book. Being half Spanish my self this books is very important. It follows Sofia, who is half Spanish, as she goes thru a new life without a mom. It will make you laugh, cry, laugh, and then cry again. I cried on the first chapter and the last one. Please go buy this book when it comes out! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE. Carol, I am so feliz for you!

    29. Carol Weston writes with so much charm and realness, we'll read anything she writes. After enjoying the Ava and Pip books so much, we're excited for more from Weston. Can't wait to get it!

    30. It's basically an updated Are You There God, It's Me Margaret (although oddly, more up beat given it starts with the death of a parent). Still not my kind of book but I can see it would appeal to tweens and teens who might not have a parent or other adult they can talk to.

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