Review: Speed of Life by Carol Weston

Speed of Life by Carol Weston

Speed of Life in a coming of age middle grade book aimed at readers on the older end of that genre. Sofia’s mother died a year ago, and she has a lot of questions for a woman. She starts reaching out to Dear Kate after a school assembly, and she find her extremely helpful. But when Sofia’s dad’s new girlfriend turns out to be the real life Kate, things get a little tricky.

This book is very character driven. The focus is on Sofia of course, but we also learn a lot about her parents, Kate and her daughter, and Sofia’s best friend. The story follows Sofia and everyone around her over many months. A lot of big things happen – life changes and new experiences.

I found the characters to be fairly genuine, but ultimately the book left me wanting a little more. I am understand that I am not the target audience, but I think good middle grade fiction should be enjoyable for adults as well. Also, as a mother, this book had me a little concerned because some of the topics dealt with in this book might be better suited for a young adult audience.

Rating: 3 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.


Speed of Life
Carol Weston
Middle Grade Fiction
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
April 1, 2017
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

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