Meagan Andrus


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, family, tragedy, middle school, tornado, friendship, identity, art, forgiveness

Document Type

Book Review


Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, but this is only one of the horrible things Ivy is having to deal with. Her older sister, who used to be her best friend, is not someone she can trust anymore, and Ivy has a lot of things that are confusing her. She also experiences her first crush, but it's on a girl: June Somerset. The more time she spends with June, the more she realizes that her feelings for June are not platonic. But Ivy has no one to turn to. It takes some anonymous notes, many drawings, and a few scary conversations for Ivy to start figuring out who she is and where she belongs in the world. At the end, she comes to terms with the fact that she's still figuring herself out (and that's okay), and that she belongs with her imperfect but very loving family.