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I didn't connect
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019
I liked the premise of Lucky Broken Girl: that 10-year-old Ruthie gets a broken leg, spends a year in a body cast at home, and has to deal with loneliness, frustration, fear, and the difficulty of learning to walk again and rejoin life. I also liked that the book is based on the author's own childhood experiences. And I liked the multicultural environment of the story. However, I did not connect emotionally with Ruthie or anyone else in the book. I felt I was merely watching Ruthie, instead of being inside her head. In addition, although Ruthie was just learning English, the writing still seemed overly simplistic, the sentences truncated and bland. I realize that lyrical, flowing prose would have been out of place in this story, but I felt I was reading about a character whose speech and thoughts indicated she was seven or eight years old, not ten-turning-eleven. I wanted to like Lucky Broken Girl a lot better than I did.