The House You Pass on the Way by Jacquline Woodson
One Life-changing summer
As the granddaughter of celebrities and the daughter of a mixed couple in an all-black neighborhood, Staggerlee avoids curious neighbors by keeping to herself. But then her cousin, Trout, comes to visit, and Staggerlee gets a taste of what life could be. For the first time, Staggerlee has a friend--someone with whom she can share her deepest thoughts. But is Trout really the girl Staggerlee thinks she is?
This is a short book, only 114 pages, but it is filled with emotion. The plot is new and interesting and I loved just about every word in the book. It was hard to put down and it really kept me wanting to read more.
The main character of this book is a fourteen-year-old girl named Staggerlee who lives in a little town in the South. She mostly keeps to herself and she tries to hide it, but you can tell she is very lonely. The reason is that she is afraid to tell anyone about the way she feels towards other girls. But when her cousin Trout comes, she can finally let her secret out to her and you can tell how much better she feels. It is a very interesting situation her family has and it really affects the way she feels and acts. I really took a liking to Staggerlee, she was a very ... peculiar character.
Overall this is a very enjoyable book. It's a quick read, but there is a lot to it. The book doesn't really have very many events that happen; it's based more on Staggerlee's emotions and feeling towards things that happened. It was a wonderful way to write this book, and a lot of people will be dreaming about who they will become.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars