I know it's kinda late at night, but here's a nice review to wake up to! I am just loving my new rating system!
****The Key To The Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson****
Recommend to read- 7/10
(from amazon) When Mike Gold has a heart attack and dies. May, Brooks, and Palmer Gold--all teenage girls in what May calls the "Tall, Blond, and Wonderful Family"--suffer from neglect as well when their mother goes to work overtime at the hospital to pay the bills. The three girls deal with their father's death in different ways: Brooks quits softball and starts drinking, Palmer focuses on pitching and TV, hiding her panic attacks from everyone, and May tries to keep the family together. As the family unravels, the Firebird endures. Palmer uses the back seat as a place to escape, Brooks takes it out for a spin when she's drunk (and gets arrested), and for the grand finale, the three girls take the battleship-sized car to Camden Yards to throw their father's ashes on the pitcher's mound. Fortunately, this is the act that allows the girls to start anew.
Maureen Johnson totally has me hooked! I thoroughly enjoyed this book+ 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I read The Key To the Golden Firebird a while ago but i think it deserves a review. The sisters were wonderfull and had great and different personalities. My only big complaint would be that I couldn't understand why the sisters kept so many secrets from each other. Like Palmer not talking about her panic attacks. I'd be afraid and would tell right away. As a whole I thought this book was good enough to keep me entertained but not enough to go out and buy it. Yeah i'm cheap.