Title: Sticks & Stones
Author: Abby Cooper
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction
Date Published: 12th of July 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: eARC, provided by NetGalley
Rating: 4.51/5 stars on Goodreads
Where do I begin with this story? I came into it with low expectations, but it came out better than I expected. I always root for a story of the underdog, who does not only want to prove something to others, but has something to prove for herself. It is great to admire someone such as Elyse. Her medical condition is ridiculous, and everyone knows that sometimes other kids can be mean. Elyse is a one-of-a-kind character who has a lot going on in her head, and all she needed was a little push. She’s that kind of girl who is just like every other girl, and she’s on her way to knowing that. I have not read a lot of middle grade stories, but this one has a nice ring to it.
I also loved how it also focuses on the growth of the people around her. As Elyse turns into a stronger person, so do the people around her. They accept the difference and become more open with each other. I do want to read Jeg’s perspective though, because she seems to take my curiosity in all of the matter. I loved her relationship with her parents, mostly. They are wonderful to have let Elyse do all of the things her heart wants.
It also shows how the words we say can affect other people in a certain way. The story is beautifully written, and is equally charming. Even if everyone was practically paving their own ways as well, Elyse stood up to herself, with the guidance of the one with the blue notes. All I have to say that the character writing the blue notes is like a guardian angel. The character was a great addition to the story and her reveal was equally brilliant. There may be side problems here and there, but the story developed its main character into a self-loving individual who inspires other people. I forgot how great it is to read these kinds of uplifting stories, because you never know what lessons you’re going to get.