Saturday, September 12, 2015
I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka
This book is not the type of thing I usually pick up but something about the description appealed to me and I was totally engrossed very quickly. The message of Caitlin and Martin's friendship is great in how their commitment to each other makes each of their lives better. I just wish that the execution of the story had been better so that it would reach more teens. The book is too long for a read aloud and will put off many teen readers. The writing is also more of a laundry list of what happened, especially later in the book. The stories of the photos and dollars early on are engaging but later I felt that it was more of a "first I did this, then this happened, then this" recounting of events. Also, I know that this is the story of both Caitlin and Martin but Caitlin's chapters seemed irrelevant and strangely disconnected from the central story during her teen years. Why do I need to know that her new boyfriend was allowed to smoke pot in his room? I'm struggling because I really like the message of this book and humanity exhibited on both sides which makes me still like it quite a bit, but I don't care for how it was done overall. Also, as a side note, the cover will make it that much more difficult for me to entice any teens to read it.