Bingo Summer (book review)
About the book:
On her thirteenth birthday, Summer Haas scratches the lottery ticket her mom tucked into her birthday card and the down-on-their-luck family become instant millionaires. Then the attention gets crazy in their small Illinois town, and the family moves north to ‘disappear’ in the Chicago suburbs. Summer’s new home might as well be on the Moon, it’s so different from where she used to live.
Suddenly, Summer is a candidate for student council, trades her t-shirt and jeans for mall-brand clothes, and throws a party for her entire grade even though she didn’t invite a single guest. Everyone wants Summer to be someone other than herself, including the super-popular Suri who Summer hopes will be her new best friend. There’s Mara who wants Summer to forget about competing with her for third base when softball season comes. And Summer just wants to avoid Dink and Anna even though she has more in common with them than she wants to admit.
But when Mara discovers how Summer’s family made their millions, and threatens to tell the whole school, Summer needs a friend more than ever. Can Summer fit in AND stay true to herself?
I found myself really relating to Summer (although I've never won millions on a scratch-off). Her struggle with learning the difference between working to fit in with the popular kids & impressing people to make friends... and being real and true to yourself & just finding the place you fit to find friends was just so REAL. So true to life. I think it's something most kids in junior school and high school go through. Heck... it's something people continue to go through as adults.
Like Summer, I've had times of trying to dress the part of the person I think more people would be drawn to. But when I'm honest with myself... and go with my jeans and geeky t-shirts, and hoody sweat shirts... I'm just more comfortable in my own skin. And I find that when I'm comfortable with myself... I'm less worried with what others' are thinking of me.
I'd love to read another Summer book. The young romance starting between Summer and Dink would make for a fun read I think. Plus... I'd just love to know more about Dink and his missionary parents.
About the author:
Dawn Malone is an author and former newspaper reporter. She has written on a wide range of subjects, from a creole cooking school in New Orleans to award-winning irises in a Wisconsin greenhouse. Writing those articles and working other odd jobs over the years – cake assembly line worker, yogurt seller, substitute teacher ? helps her develop the quirky characters that populate her stories. Her work has appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal, the Chicken Soup for the Soul Think Positive for Kids edition, and Highlights for Children. When she’s not writing, Dawn loves hiking when someone else carries her backpack. She lives in central Illinois.