The Speed of Life

The Speed of Life

Book - 2017
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Missing her mother who died last year, fourteen-year-old Sofia finds an anonymous outlet for her personal questions and deep, dark secrets in the Dear Kate advice columnist, until, much to her horror, Sofia's father starts dating Kate.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2017]
ISBN: 9781492654490
1492654493
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 22 cm

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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

It’s been a year since the sudden death of fourteen-year-old Sofia’s mother. Sofia is sad and not sure how to talk about all of her feelings. So when Kate Baird, of Dear Kate, a popular column in Fifteen magazine, visits Sofia’s school, Sofia finds herself striking up a regular email corresponden... Read More »


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samcmar Jul 26, 2018

If I am being honest, I wasn't prepared for Speed of Life. Having read and adored Carol Weston's Ava and Pip series, Speed of Life feels vastly different in a lot of ways. I felt a lot for the heroine, Sofia, who spends a lot of this novel trying to cope with the loss of her mother and the fact that her father is dating someone new.

A lot of Sofia's feelings regarding the loss of her mother really resonated with me. I lost my mother last April and I admit, I'm still feeling a lot of grief and sadness. When Sofia talks about her smell, her clothes, anything reminiscent of her, I admit, it left me feeling really emotional. A lot of her feelings, people telling her how to deal with her grief, she's super justified in her feelings. While I wouldn't be brave enough to confide in someone such as "Dear Kate," I thought this was an interesting way to tell the first half of Sofia's story, especially given that Kate becomes the love interest.

There's good characters in this series, even if the writing has some awkward moments -- preferably at the beginning when reader's are introduced to Kiki, Sofia's bestie and "Dear Kate." The story does fall on the much younger spectrum of YA -- it's not a bad thing, but I admit given the amount of YA I read, this threw me off a bit at first (the beginning reads so much closer to a middle grade novel to me). However, I think Weston dos do a great job of showing the reader a story where transition during a period of grief is challenging, even terrifying at times.

I think the support characters in this story are really well done. Kiki kind of irked me at first, but as the story went on she started to really grow on me. Same with Alexa and Kate. Weston's characters are flawed in a great way -- they aren't likable at first but they are constantly trying to redeem themselves. Even Sofia's dad, who you can tell is constantly trying to stay strong for his daughter. There is so much character growth in this story, and I love the way the book tries to acknowledge to the reader that change isn't always a bad thing. It can be scary, but you never know what may be in store for you.

Speed of Life is a great read and one that offers a lot of depth to its readers. There's great characters with a lot of heart and humour. Sofia is someone who becomes so strong and thoughtful throughout the course of the story. I really enjoyed my time with this book, and definitely would recommend it to younger YA readers.

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pink_dog_617
Jul 10, 2018

This book was so engaging, I could not put it down. It was amazing to read about how a person's life could change in just one year! It was also full of surprises, twists, and unexpected turns, but ends in a most cheerful matter. I promise you will love this book. I can't wait to read it again! :)

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Sexual Content: Mentioned often throughout the book.

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Jul 10, 2018

Coarse Language: Used frequently towards the end of the book.

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pink_dog_617 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18

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