Title: Signed, Skye Harper
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books – Simon & Schuster
Released: May 13, 2014
In trying to reunite with her mother, Winston discovers the many meanings of family and finds friendship in an unexpected place in this coming-of-age novel from the author of Waiting, which Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, called “exceptional” and Glimpse, which Booklist called “gripping.”
Life is just fine for fourteen-year-old Winston. She loves her dog, Thelma, and although she never knew her dad, and her mom left ten years ago in search of Hollywood fame, Winston has family with Nanny, who is in her forties, and that doesn’t even make her old. But a “just fine” life gets a lot more exciting when a letter arrives from Skye Harper, aka Judith Fletcher, aka Winston’s mother. She needs help, and Nanny says the best way to give it is to take a cross-country road trip—in a “borrowed” motor home—to go find Mama once and for all. Winston’s not so sure about this plan, but with a cute stowaway named Steve along for company and an adventure on the horizon, this is sure to be a summer to remember.
While the 70’s really aren’t that long ago Signed, Skye Harper has a historical fiction feel to it. References to General Hospital and music from that decade are scattered through the story. I like road trip stories and did enjoy this fast paced entertaining tale but it won’t make it on a list of favorite reads. The chapters were very short which kept the story-line moving and kept me interested.
The characters were quirky but likable. I thought his was well written and it had a unique feel that made it standout from many of the books I read that tend to blend together.
Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book
Content: mild language, nothing graphic but some content that might not be appropriate for younger readers as they discuss big breasts, sex, etc.
Source: Ebook Review Copy