Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab
Matisse Osgood has moved from New York City to Prague, New York. Her father was a sculptor, until he finds out that he has Parkinson's disease. She must make friends and adjust to the change of her surroundings. She also wants to keep her father's sickness a secret.
Matisse finds one good friend in Violet, who is unique like her. She also has her utterly dorky neighbor Hal, who is slowly growing on her. Matisse also has made an enemy in Jennifer, the average mean girl. Jennifer starts making rumors about Matisse's father. Matisse has to let the truth out about her dad.
Alive and Well in Prague, New York is a gorgeous novel about a girl learning about her father's illness and the acceptance that she needs to find. The setting was well set in this passage of the book:
"For the millionth time I considered the terrible irony of moving to Prague, a town named after one of the coolest cities in the world, yet pretty much the most pathetic place I'd been to in my entire life" (pg. 3).
It set up the small town feel, especially with the hay rides and such. The characters were about a million times better. I loved Matisse and Violet's attitude and their wonderful style. They were some of the most awesome fictional characters that I have met in a while. I loved Matisse's love of ABBA. Matisse and Violet are characters that you will love, because they are just one-of-a-kind. I also like the little bit of romance in the novel.
I reccomend this Alive and Well in Prague, New York, if you are looking for a quick and a very cute book about friendship and family. You will love this book.