Teen Read – Speed of Life


Speed of Life by Carol Weston
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Date: 1 April 2017

I am beyond excited to share this review with you my blog readers, it is one of those books that was hard to put down because it was really that good.  If I had more free time this would have been read in one day. So why did I love it so much? Read on to see…

The Speed of Life, a book that sees Sofia wading through death and the changes that come with it…

“But Mom died on April 7, and I died a little that day too.” 

The book also takes Sofia on a roller coaster of new found feelings…

“…And no, I wasn’t depressed. I was sad. Who wouldn’t be?”

Not all is sad because the Speed of Life is also about self-discovery…

”I didn’t want to get rid of her. I just wanted her to be bolder and braver. I wanted her to speak up and sing and laugh and be herself again, her best self. She could do that, couldn’t she?” 

And family…

“Thank you for everything too: your email, your sweet presence in our home, and all you’ve done to welcome me in your life.”

This story is also about trusting that the one person who is the keeper of your secrets, “Dear Kate”, once she starts dating your father.

The character development was very well done and it is almost like the author Carol Weston loves each of these people as though they were her family because that is how well I know these characters now. The main character Sofia, appears complex but she is just battling so much uncertainty that she needs an outlet to let her thoughts and feelings breathe.  Gregg, Sofia’s dad seems distant but as his character grows he is a compassionate, goofy father who is learning to survive death and new beginnings himself.

Each of the other characters, all equally as complex are integral to the story…Kikki, “Dear Kate”, Alexa, Sam and Sofia’s beloved Abuelo. The story couldn’t have been done without Abuelo, he is the connection between Sofia and her mum.  While the other characters bring Sofia sunshine, a listening ear, advice, acceptance, frustration and uncertainty, Abuelo brings family and heart, he is the one thing that doesn’t change for her.

This book is not just for teens, I was fully engaged and delighted with this book so I also highly recommend it for adults too.  I know that there are many teens out there that will relate to Sofia’s journey whether they have lost someone or not.  The feelings she battles, the joys that she swims in are all feelings that teenagers battle and are often reluctant to talk about.

This book is the type of story that you should savour, but you will find it impossibly hard to stop reading.  I applaud Carol Weston for an outstanding novel.

The Speed of Life – Some Days Change Everything

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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