Thursday, April 26, 2012

Girl Unmoored Review

Girl Unmoored
by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Published Date: March 6th 2012
by Fiction Std
4 Stars

What Goodreads has to say: Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. It’s 1985 and her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a newer model. Fortunately, she’s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ, Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike (no one should look that much like Jesus unless they can perform a miracle or two), but suddenly he’s everywhere. Until one day, she’s stuck in church with him—of all places. And then something happens; Apron’s broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she’s been adrift.

Mike and his grumpy boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store and Apron’s world seems to calm. But when she uncovers Chad’s secret, coming of age becomes almost too much bear. She’s forced to see things the adults around her fail to—like what love really means and who is paying too much for it

My Review: Girl Unmoored revolves around a girl named Apron and the troubles she is currently facing. With her mother gone she is left with her father and his evil new wife and an ex-best friend. Life just seems to be tumbling down hill for Apron. However, after meeting Jesus, not the real one but a close look alike, Apron learns that sometimes a savior can come in the most unusual form and through him she is exposed to a kind of love that not everyone understands. Girl Unmoored pulls the reader in from the beginning. The quirky main character Apron is the kind of girl everyone can relate to. The author tackles hard issues like AIDS and same sex relationships and how people reacted to things like that in the 80's. I loved how the author tackled these issues head on and did not try to down play them. I felt that Mike and Chad were great characters and the way the author wrote their parts really allowed me to picture them in my mind and feel connected to their story. One thing I always look for in good books is the book's ability to really pull me in, if I find myself crying or laughing while reading a book because I feel that drawn into the story then I know I have found  a good one. This book did just that, the author conveyed Mike and Chad's love story in such a raw, real way that I found myself crying during sad moments and laughing out loud during funny ones. The story feels so real and is so easy to relate to because it is not a perfect fairytale, it is a story that shows the hard parts of life just as clearly as the good parts. I cannot wait to see what else this author comes out with!

About the Author: Jennifer Gooch Hummer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Her short stories have been published in Miranda Magazine, Our Stories and Glimmertain. She has continued graduate studies in the Writer’s Program at UCLA, where she was nominated for the Kirkwood Prize in fiction. Currently, Jennifer lives in Southern California and Maine with her husband and their three daughters. Girl Unmoored is her first novel. Please visit her at

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