Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Mangum
I really enjoyed this book. Getting into Kathy Colton’s mind was enlightening and thought provoking. Following her development through the story arc was totally absorbing. I found myself reading when I should have been writing or sleeping. In fact, this book is two for the price of one because the story of Kathy’s dead brother, Brett, came alive for me even though told through journal entries. I thought that might be boring, but it’s the opposite—tender and so real.
I put this at the top of my YA book list so far this year, and can’t wait to read more of Kay Lynn Mangum’s work.
Book Description from Amazon.com
Kathy Colton can’t stand her brother, Brett. Her family talks as if he were perfect! All Kathy knows for sure is that Brett is dead. He died of leukemia when he was sixteen and she was only two. But when Kathy turns sixteen, she discovers her brother’s hidden journal – a journal written especially for her - and learns about the brother she never knew. At the same time, Kathy is mortified by an assignment to tutor the popular high school quarterback Jason West, a football jock who, even worse, is a Mormon. Author Kay Lynn Mangum brilliantly weaves the dual stories of a dying brother and a coming-of-age sister who learn the importance of loving our family and our friends and nurturing our faith.