A Crooked Kind of Perfect

The nice thing about younger narrators is the innocence and naivete they bring to the story, it makes it light-hearted even if it really isn’t.

The Book: A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Zoe, age 11, wants to be a piano prodigy to someday play at Carnegie Hall. Instead her father brings home an organ, a Perfectone D-60, complete with lessons from Maybelline Person who drinks Vernor’s Ginger Ale (my favorite) and well, seems bored (until she sees some talent in Zoe who ends up playing Neil Diamond’s FOrever in Blue Jeans on the organ – can you imagine?!?).  The real thing going on here despite Zoe’s focus on being a piano prodigy is the reason why her dad brought home the organ – he seems to have agoraphobia, a fear of being in an open or crowded space. He gets distracted and uncomfortable by noise and crowds.  He stays home and takes living room university courses.  He can’t drive Zoe places because he gets lost, lie really lost.  Like most 11 year old narrators Zoe takes this in stride and with good humor, despite the disappointments it can lead to.  But when she gets involved in Perform – o – rama she needs him to step up.  Particularly since her mom is always working.  Zoe’s life isn’t perfect, but she approaches it with good humor, and makes a few unexpected friends, particularly with Wheeler, who also befriends her dad (he needs one himself).

I liked Zoe – she was funny, and the innocence and lack of teenage angst was refreshing.

Becky liked it too.

So did Fuse 8 – you should really read this review!

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