Tuesday, October 1, 2019

My Thoughts: Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

Dear Sweet Pea
by Julie Murphy
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Publication Date: October 1st 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780062473073
Genre: Middle Grade | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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The first middle grade novel from Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ (now a popular Netflix film), is a funny, heartwarming story perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Benjamin, and Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?”

Dividing her time between two homes is not easy. And it doesn’t help that at school, Sweet Pea is now sitting right next to her ex–best friend, Kiera, a daily reminder of the friendship that once was. Things might be unbearable if Sweet Pea didn’t have Oscar—her new best friend—and her fifteen-pound cat, Cheese.

Then one day Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column. And Sweet Pea happens to recognize the handwriting on one of the envelopes.

What she decides to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of “Miss Flora Mae I?” (Goodreads)

Julie Murphy has quickly become one of those authors whose books I will pick up without even reading the summary, because I know it will be a good read no matter what the book is about. I have read and enjoyed all of Julie’s books so far, so of course I added Dear Sweet Pea to my to-read list as soon as I discovered it!

Dear Sweet Pea is the very first middle grade book that Julie has out so far, and while I don’t read that genre very often, it didn’t stop me in the least from wanting to check out this book. I was curious and the book was so good, and I have no regrets about reading it!

One of the things that I liked the most about this book were the characters. The book is full of well written characters that you will grow to love over the course of the book. The main character, Sweet Pea, is 13 years old and in 7th grade, and while I am SO far from that her age now, I still managed to relate to some of the things she went through in the story. I love it when that happens, and I know so many are going to be able to relate to her as well. Sweet Pea also has so pretty great parents, and a really awesome best friend who I adored as well.

The storyline for this book is a lot of fun, but also touches on things younger teenagers will be able to relate to. The book has a very positive feel to it, which I loved. And this book is definitely not just for the younger crowd, I think any age can read the story and appreciate it. I know I did!

Overall; Julie Murphy definitely has another great book on her hands with Dear Sweet Pea! The book has a great story and awesome characters, and I’m really glad that I read the book. Now I must wait for Julie’s next book to release, and I will definitely have that on my TBR as well!

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