Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Matylda, Bright and Tender

Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review - Matylda, Bright and Tender

Matylda, Bright and Tender
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About the Book
Sussy and Guy are best friends, fourth-graders who share their silliest thoughts and deepest hopes. One afternoon, the two of them decide they must have something of their very own to love. After a trip to the pet store, they bring home a spotted lizard, the one with the ancient face and starfish toes, and they name her Matylda (with a y so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. But in a startling turn of events, Sussy reconsiders what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda’s. By turns both devastating and buoyant, this story is a brave one, showing how far we can justify going for a real and true friend.

My Take on the Book
This book was an emotional roller-coaster. You get to see the main characters go through anger, despair, confusion and more all set within a middle-school context. This powerful book was written in such a way that kids in middle school can understand and appreciate and while the story is about friendship, you also see that that the deep emotions that are shared lead to a story that is honest and real. The topics covered are deep and sad at times but also the friendship that is shared is deep and the connections between the characters are truly tangible.

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