DiveDive by Stacey Donovan
on January 1st 1970
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Dive is a coming of age novel that begins when V’s (Virginia’s) dog is hit by a car (a green car?). A nice man helps V get her dog to the Veterinarian where she learns that her dog Lucky’s leg has been shattered. Not wanting to pay for a high Vet bill, V’s Mother opts to put the dog to sleep but V is able to work out a deal where she will work for the cost of her dog’s treatment.

Thus begins V’s story. Her dog getting hit by a car is just the beginning. Her best fried is being allusive, her father is very ill and her Mother is drinking more than ever. Naturally V has a lot on her mind and doesn’t really take too much notice of the new girl (Jane) at school. However, Jane has noticed her and makes an effort to get to know V.

V spends a lot of time in her head. Thinking about her life, about death, about friendship, about being attracted to someone, about literature. Basically we see inside the mind of a teenager girl who often acts in opposition to her own thoughts.

The writing style felt a bit clunky to me. Short paragraphs with an almost stream of consciousness thinking going on. I found V’s thought wandered and at times I had to re-read sections. I wish there had been more of the V and Jane budding relationship. For me this book was a struggle. I kept picking up other books to read while reading this one.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.