The weight of our decisions
I started reading this book while waiting for a doctor's appointment, and as soon as I got home, I finished reading it. This book is aimed at the middle grades (6-9), but high school students could still enjoy it. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan is a touching story about a Polish girl, Kasienka, and her mother who move from Poland to England to find her father who left them. The story is told through poetry from Kasienka's perspective. You feel for her as she is placed in the wrong grade level because she can't read in English very well. You see her struggle to make friends, adapt to a new culture, deal with bullies and fall in love. While dealing with school and the struggles that come from being a teenager, she has be her mother's interpreter as they go door to door looking for her father who abandoned them. It is nice to see the dynamics of this mother/daughter duo without it becoming cliché or trite. It is very real reactions and interactions between them. You can feel the hurt feelings, the stubbornness, the love and the pride in all of their actions. Throughout the book, Kasienka must deal with the weight of her decisions and of those around her.