Pictures of Hollis Woods was a book that I think I enjoyed while I was listening to it, but it didn't really stay with me. I am embarrassed to say that I totally forgot about reviewing it! It was a sweet story. Sad. Real. The story of a young girl, Hollis Woods, who has been bounced around from foster home to foster home. And well, we all know foster homes are like! Okay, well most of them. (See I have been praying about this whole thing and I am not ripping on them anymore, just praying for foster families and bio families, alike.)
Finally Hollis finds a place with a lovely family and they want to adopt her...but...dum dum dum...SOMETHING HAPPENS! And she is no longer with them when we first meet her.
The title refers to Hollis drawing pictures and reflecting upon actual pictures, and events or scenes in her life. I have to say that I had always through of Patricia Reilly Giff as the author of The Kids of Polk Street School, which I really like especially The Candy Corn Contest. I don't like the new covers, so that is why I linked to the Spanish edition, because that was the only one on goodreads that had it. These were illustrated by the amazing Blanche Sims. I can't find a website for her, but I think I found a school named after her! Hooray!
Anyway, Hollis is now with an older woman named Josie who is an artist and pretty amazing. But there is something going on with Josie and Hollis needs to protect her and their life together.
Yeah. So now that I have written this up, I find that I really liked it. Yeah. It was a pretty sweet, sweet story after all.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.