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In Your Shoes: 04/16/21

In Your Shoes

In Your Shoes by Donna Gephart is a parallel plot with two narrators with important shoes. Miles spends all his spare time in his grandfather's bowling alley. When he forgets one morning to take off his bowling shoes before school, he choses to wear them every day for luck.

Amy is new to the school. She's living with her uncle now at the mortuary. One leg is shorter than the other, so she has to wear a shoe with a lift. Her first day of school begins with her being beaned in the head by one of Miles's bowling shoes.

Miles, though, is a good kid and apologizes without being coerced. He and Amy, slowly, and organically become friends. Their friendship also gives them the strength they need to deal with family issues.

The one thing that didn't work for me was the story Amy writes in her spare time. It's supposed to be her way of dealing with the stress of moving, being in a new school, and missing her father. But it's filler and it's presented with an unappealing typeface.

Four stars

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