Book: Janey's Girl

Author: Gayle Friesen

Rating: 4/5

Janey's Girl-Gayle Friesen

Janey’s Girl was heartfelt and expressive book that was impossible to put down, Janey is a bland and boring work addict with a unreadable personality, on the other hand her daughter Claire is cheerful, expressive and outgoing. Her positive energy gives the book a bright vibe, the book starts with Janey and Claire driving from Saskatchewan to Smallwood to visit Janey’s mother. Claire is overwhelmed with excitement but Janey is not so enthusiastic, Claire has so many questions to ask her grandmother about her dad who she has never met. Her mind wants to explode with curiosity she has so many questions that no one with answer. One day while walking Claire meets a little boy named Jamie and his father Mac, Jamie wants Claire to be his princess and help him fight off the dragons and have sword fights. The book pours out all kinds of emotions, tragedy, love, anger, fear and hope. When Claire finds out that Jamie is her brother and that he’s fighting more than just dragon’s Claire immediately does whatever she can to help him fight his battle of cancer.

Social/Historical context:

Janey's Girl takes place on the road from Saskatchewan to Smallwood. Smallwood is a little town that the sun shines down on every day the smell of cinnamon buns and hay fills the air when you walk around, the town is just likes its name small, everyone knows everyone, their annual carnivals and apple pie contests are well known. When Gayle Friesen was describing Smallwood I could feel the warm air and smell the pies. It felt and sounded like a place where you could go and just forget all your worries.

Writing Style:

Janey’s Girl writing style is all Claire’s thoughts and opinions, her description of people and all her emotions. Reading this book I felt connected to Claire like she was trying to say what was wrong and why, she expressed her feelings in a relatable way you could what she was feeling and why. Janey’s girl was written in first person and that helped me connect to the characters on a more personal level especially Claire.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes books with a lot of emotion, at first I felt the book moved a little slower than I would like but after a few chapters the book was so intriguing I was having trouble putting it down. Janey’s Girl is a mixed emotion story that’s hard to sum up. I have only positive things to say about this book and hope anyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as I did.

Book Reviewed By Sophie Cameron

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