A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban

crooked-kind-of-perfectTen-year-old Zoe wants to play the piano, but instead, her dad gets her a Perfectone D60 organ. This is not the only problem in Zoe’s life. Her mom almost never comes home from work. Her dad has some sort of social anxiety problem, so he almost never leaves the house. Her best friend at school finds a different best friend, and a weird boy named Wheeler starts following her home. Zoe doesn’t think her life will ever be perfect, but through playing ‘Hits of the Seventies’ and the theme songs from old TV shows, she learns that even unexpected things can yield their own kind of perfection.

This was a cute book. I think my kids will like it a lot. It’s a children’s book, probably about 3rd or 4th grade level. It was a perfect snuggle-under-a-blanket book for me to read this weekend. The funniest thing about it was that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” showed up in the ‘Hits of the Nineties’ songbook and Zoe had never heard of it. She said it was from before she was born. That made me laugh. I must be getting old. There’s not much more I can say about the book. It was well written, sweet but not sappy, and despite liking it, I probably won’t remember it in a year (just because I’m well over the age it was written for, haha).

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Agender empty-nester filling my time with cats, books, fitness, and photography. She/they.
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