Book Review of Ella Bella
By Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons
Set in 2001, Ella Drake has just experienced two terrible losses: her father's death and her brother going overseas to fight the war against terrorism.
Just when things start to calm down in her life, her mother's job is outsourced to India.
Frightened, Ella tries to find security for herself and her mother. The search for security leads to a children's bookstore, a new friend, and her first kiss. And possibly, it paves the way for healing to begin.
From the bestselling author of I Woke Up In Love This Morning, Ella Bella explores loss and how lives can be changed.
Everything changed that autumn.
I know that sounds like such a cliche, but it was true. I started high school, and I was trying to become someone else. This was incredibly stressful, reinventing yourself. I had no idea how Madonna did it every year.
Gone was the girl who wore pink barrettes and chewed gum. I braided my hair in dozens of braids. Mom took one look at it and she declared, "Your hair looks like a rat's nest." I didn't care. It was my hair. I even thought about going by real name Eleanor, but realized that for better or worse, my name was Ella. Or if you asked my brother Derek, Cinderella.
About the Author:
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons is the author of the Smashwords bestseller I Woke Up In Love This Morning and the essay collection I Woke Up In Love This Morning. She lives in Lafayette California and is working on a novel.
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It is hard to lose someone, either by leaving or by death. In Ella Bella, Ella loses her dad, to death, and her brother, leaving to the military. She is angry, sad, and scared and not even really aware that she is feeling all these things.
This book looks at loss and grief through the life of Ella and, to a smaller extent, her mother. I really enjoyed reading this book, although at times I felt it was probably most appropriate for middle school or middle grade students, except for a few adult themes that would not be appropriate for that age.
I give this book 3 out of 5 clouds.
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