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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Lovely Shoes by Susan Shreve

The Lovely Shoes was a sweet coming of age story. Frankie is born with a severe birth defect that makes her right foot curl up un-flatteringly, and she is really embarrassed by this. After an unfortunate incident at a school dance in front of her crush, she shuts herself in her room and refuses to come out.

When her mom reads about an Italian shoemaker who makes shoes for crippled people, she is very excited to tell Frankie about it. Even though Frankie is hesitant, they end up going to Italy where Frankie learns about another side of herself. But will Italy and a new pair of 'lovely shoes' be enough for Frankie to accept herself for who she is?

I loved this book even though it was a little slow at times. It was fun and heartfelt. My favorite part of this book was Frankie and her mom's relationship because they had a great dynamic. Even though they fought sometimes, they loved each other a lot.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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