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NingsMiles is an anxious boy who loves his family's bowling center even if though he could be killed by a bolt of lightning or a wild animal that escaped from the Philadelphia Zoo on the way there Amy is the new gir I loved Lily and Dunkin and fully expected to love In Your Shoes I think grief is underrepresented in middle grade and children s fiction and given Gephart s sensitive handling of bipolar disorder in Lily and Dunkin I was looking forward to another nuanced character in Miles with anxietyMiles and Amy were both sweet Actually Miles Amy Tate and Randall were all wonderfully kind and good characters There were no bad guys here Unlike another reviewer I don t think the book needed to include many people outside their circle and I do think it was realistic that both Amy and Miles would have been left largely to their own devices in coping with anxiety Miles and grief Amy After all Miles anxiety is not debilitating and does not interfere with his functioning It is presented as a personality uirk than an illness And Amy does have support and love in abundance from her uncle and father even if her father is not able to be present every day These circumstances are not unrealistic and I think Gephart presents them wellThe central tragic arc of the story with Miles and his grandfather is presented in a beautifully heartbreakingly totally realistic manner We all screw up similarly Miles and his Pops were both trapped in their mistakes I loved this story arc and how is played out as sad as it wasWhat didn t work for me at all was the relationship between Amy and Miles They have almost no interactions nothing that would justify the very dramatic gesture at the end of the book The friendship between Amy and Tate makes sense given their interactions in the library But the AmyMiles connection is flimsy at best and when Miles makes that really dramatic HUGE gesture no one uestions him that it s way over the top No one finds it actually uite wasteful frivolous and downright creepy It really makes no sense I found myself flipping back to see if I had somehow skipped 6 or 10 chapters that would have deepened either the friendship or romance between Miles and Amy that could explain away view spoiler him spending money that he had saved for YEARS and YEARS for the most beloved people in his life on one night of extravagance for a person he barely knows on something she didn t even particularly care about hide spoiler

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In Your Shoes

The critically acclaimed author of Lily and Dunkin delivers another heartfelt story that will remind readers you never know who needs a friend the most about two imaginative tweens who help each other find new begin Rating 45 StarsWhat happens when the anxious bowler s shoe hits the lonely new girl on the head They strike up a great friendship of course Pro This book delivered so many feels It was touching and heartwarming and just so precious and sweet I swear my heart exploded over and over again as I read this book Pro Family was a really important part of this story and Gephart doesn t just show the bright and shiny side of family She also showed the imperfect side and I like that she included some family conflict because it gave her a chance to explore things like resolution and forgiveness Pro What an interesting group of kids Amy was a writer Miles was a bowling hustler Randall was a fashionista and Tate was a knitting weight lifter I absolutely adored all four of them and their friendship was spectacular Pro Gephart really did an outstanding job thoughtfully exploring feelings of loneliness grief and regret And I loved seeing boys who shared their emotions with each other It s so important for young men to see that it s acceptable to be in touch with their feelings Pro I really enjoyed the way the story was told It was alternating third person omniscient with the addition of a third point of view a nosy noisy narrator who I really enjoyed Pro This entire book tugged at my heartstrings but the ending totally snapped them It was so so sweet and unexpected and I think it could give a lot of comfort to a tween who had suffered a loss Overall An endearing story of friendship loss endings and beginnings which touched my heartARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG INSTAGRAM TWITTER BLOGLOVIN FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

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L at school who wishes she didn't have to live above her uncle's funeral home and tries to write her way to her own happily ever after Then Miles and Amy meet in the most unexpected way and that's when it all begins In Your Shoes is a wonderful new contemporary middle grade novel that tackles important topics such as mental illness friendship trust trying to fit in and family I don t normally read this genre but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book The story was sweet and definitely relevant to today s kids I also really liked how it touches on mental illness in the form of anxiety and makes it accessible to the age range of children reading the story I believe it s important to tackle ignorance at a young ageThe main characters Miles and Amy were both easy to identify with right from the beginning and easy to connect with They were both realistic with flaws and great traits alike and both saw and accepted these things in each other which made their friendship all the stronger I really identified with Miles due to his anxiety issues because I also suffer from the same affliction Amy was the new girl who hates living in her uncle s creepy funeral home I loved watching Amy and Miles meet and then seeing their friendship grow and deepen throughout the novel To me the plot was that important the story was about their friendship and how important it can be in someone s life Also the tough topics it touches on kind of take over the small details of the story but it s something that I didn t mind at all I felt this was of a character study instead of an intense plot and the ideas it talks of are relevant than the majority of the things that happen during the story I definitely recommend this book to fans of middle grade children s fiction and contemporary fictionDisclosure I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “In Your Shoes

  1. says:

    “We can enjoy our messy imperfect lives so much when we simply live in the moment filled with gratitude for exactly what it is” –Donna Gephart from In Your Shoes

  2. says:

    I loved this book so much It was so sweet and the characters moved me so much I was sad and happy

  3. says:

    Rating 45 StarsWhat happens when the anxious bowler's shoe hits the lonely new girl on the head They strike up a

  4. says:

    I loved Lily and Dunkin and fully expected to love In Your Shoes I think grief is underrepresented in middle grade and children's fiction and given Gephart's sensitive handling of bipolar disorder in Lily and Dunkin I was looking forward to another nuanced character in Miles with anxietyMiles and Amy were both s

  5. says:

    It’s difficult to write about loss—because everyone experiences loss differently but death has become all too common and teachers need novels to help their students deal with loss and gain empathy for their peers who are coping with grief

  6. says:

    Amy and Miles Randall and Tate; it made it even cuter that everyone was friends to begin with Amy has just moved to town after her mother's dea

  7. says:

    'In Your Shoes' is a wonderful new contemporary middle grade novel that tackles important topics such as mental illness friendship trust trying to fit in and family I don't normally read this genre but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book The story was sweet and definitely relevant to today's kids I also really

  8. says:

    I enjoyed many elements of this book the bowling alley setting which you don't see too often Amy turns to writing for solace

  9. says:

    Even though I'm 38 I related to Amy and her need to not spend much time in the lunch room When I was in school I used to sit in the hall on the floor to avoid the lunch room I didn't find peace in the library like Amy because I hated reading because it was hard for me at that time Again Donna doesn't disappoint Her books are a great read for all

  10. says:

    35 starsSo contemporary is not my usual genre but I was curious about this one because of the blurb on the back I will admit that it took me a bit to get into it but overall I did enjoy itIt's about a couple of odd middle graders and the awkwardness that goes along with meeting new people and becoming friendsMiles pretty much lives at his parent's bowling alley and is always working on getting that perfect score He is p

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