Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick

“Are you going to throw that thing at my head, or just sit there squeezing it?” he asks.

“Not sure yet.”

The feel of that water balloon brings it all back.

Publisher: Clarion Books

Publish Date: September 6, 2011

Received: Via publisher in exchange for a fair review.

Purchase a copy: Amazon

Goodreads Blurb:

A warm debut novel about friendship and first love, from a popular picture-book author.

Marley’s life is as precarious as an overfull water balloon—one false move and everything will burst. Her best friends are pulling away from her, and her parents, newly separated, have decided she should spend the summer with her dad in his new house, with a job she didn’t ask for and certainly doesn’t want. On the upside is a cute boy who loves dogs as much as Marley does . . . but young love has lots of opportunity for humiliation and misinterpreted signals. Luckily Marley is a girl who trusts her instincts and knows the truth when she sees it, making her an immensely appealing character and her story funny, heartfelt, and emotionally true.

My Review:

As the product of divorced parents, I could really relate to this character. Marley just wants everything to go back to the way it use to be. Unfortunately, her life is changing and she needs to learn to change with it.

I loved the characters in this book. They were down to earth and very believable. My favorite is Rig, the dog. He put a cute spin on the whole story and really seemed to be Marley’s only real best friend.

I really could identify with Marley. Her friends are changing, which we all know about. (It seems like once you go to junior high, the whole world shifts)  Her parent’s separation really has her rattled. Not to mention the fact that she has to spend the whole summer with her Dad in a new house and not even be at home.

She learns a lot about herself in this one summer, makes a few friends and realizes a few things about her old ones. A highly recommended book for a middle grade student about how quickly life can change and how quickly you need to learn to adapt!


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