Audrey Vernick's "Water Balloon" may be set in the summer (for those of us who want to go back to that season), but that doesn't mean it's the most ideal break from school.
Audrey Vernick's "Water Balloon" may be set in the summer (for those of us who want to go back to that season), but that doesn't mean it's the most ideal break from school. Main character Marley Baird is going through some tough times-her parents just split up, she's staying at her dad's new place, her friends are changing for the worse, and her dad just sprung a surprise babysitting job on her.
There is a way she might make it through this awful summer-Marley's got a new neighbor. He always manages to brighten things up somehow. Meanwhile, they're both trying to figure out what exactly they mean to each other.
There are a few significant lessons you can learn from this book (but they're not obvious ones). It shows how happy you can be if you view at the world with and attitude full of confidence. Nobody has the power to make your decisions for you; be strong and make them yourself. Enjoy your life and just live!This is a story of friendship and making it through tough times. It isn't the happiest book; there are some parts that are just plain painful to you and to the characters. Yet it truly illustrates how dramatically people can change.
I would recommend this 310-page novel to fifth-grade girls and up, just because most of the content is easiest to relate to in this group. Guys most likely wouldn't be too interested in this book.