I liked it. At times my heart ached for her. I thought her insecurities were irrational, but I rationalized that a child thinks and acts as a child does. Her imagination gets away from her often, but it just makes you feel compassion for her when she messes up because of it. During the book, you are led to think that her perceptions are real and I wondered how much of it all along was from her lack of understanding, rather than what it seemed, but it was hard for me to tell. It really has you going and feeling sorry for her at times, but in the end you are relieved.
"In the fall of 1961, the world goes crazy-and takes a young girl with it. Bertie wants to be a good kid, but her fear keeps tripping her up and she finds herself tumbling into embarrassing, and sometimes dangerous, situations. By the time Bertie enters seventh grade in the fall of 1961, it seems like the whole world has gone crazy-and taken Bertie along with it. As news of the Cuban Missile Crisis throws the nation into a panic, Bertie will be forced to confront her fears face-to-face, both at school and at home."
I enjoyed it as I related to some of her insecurities from my own childhood, and because many of them are unfounded, it makes me wonder how many of mine really were.
This book would be great for a pre-teen who is insecure and struggles with fear ~ they would be able to relate and in the end see that they have nothing to really fear at all and sometimes you just need to trust.
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