Tuesday, October 13, 2009

THE HEART IS NOT A SIZE by Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart fans are not going to happy with this review. Don't get me wrong, the book is terrific, but it isn't scheduled for release until the end of March 2010. It is definitely worth waiting for, so put it on your wish list.

It seems that more and more one hears about teens going on work experience trips to underprivileged countries. There always seem to be fund-raisers going on and pledge drives to send someone or other off to help build houses or clean up after a flood or earthquake or hurricane. Beth Kephart uses one such trip as the backdrop for THE HEART IS NOT A SIZE.

Georgia convinces her parents to let her travel with a group to Juarez, Mexico, to help improve life for those living in a devastatingly poor area of the border town. Despite the poor living conditions and threats to personal safety, Georgia believes she can make a difference. Leaving behind her comfortable life in Pennsylvania, she spends her time under the hot Mexican sun building, of all things, a community toilet for the local natives.

Going along for the experience is Georgia's best friend Riley. Giving up the comforts of home are harder on Riley who enjoys shopping and looking her best at wherever she does. Georgia knows she'll be able to handle the heat and the hard physical labor, but she has her doubts about Riley. There's been something bothering her about her best friend, but she hasn't been able to confront her.

Georgia knows that Riley is constantly striving to live up to her mother's high expectations. In an effort to please her mother, Riley seems to have stopped eating. Georgia knows what is going on but doesn't know how to deal with the problem. She has hopes that the time together will give her an opportunity to rescue her friend.

Kephart's writing simply flows as she explores the emotions of friendship, the tragedy of poverty, and the importance of giving. Readers will easily relate to Georgia as she struggles to help a friend and finds it more difficult than she dreamed.

6 comments:

Beth Kephart said...

Deepest thanks. I just linked to your review on my blog.

The Things We Carried said...

Here from Beth's. I love her writing style and am so happy to see the good review she has received on this book!

bermudaonion said...

Oh, this is definitely on my wish list!

Beth F said...

It' a long to wait!!!! But I have a few more Kephart books to read in the meantime.

Kelly H-Y said...

Adore Beth! Thanks for the wonderful review ... can't wait to read it!

Em said...

I just posted my review of this book. So fabulously Beth, isn't it? :)