I recently had the pleasure of reading In Front of God and Everybody: Confessions of April Grace, written by K.D. McCrite. First and foremost, this was a fun book.
The book is written from the perspective of April Grace, an 11 year-old girl from Arkansas on her summer break. The story is about trying to learn to live with Christ-like attitudes while dealing with the stereotype of a dumb hick from the new "big city" neighbors. As April Grace likes to point out, just because you're from the sticks doesn't mean you are dumb.
The multiple story lines are easy to follow as April Grace is trying to adjust to a sister who is becoming anorexic, a grandmother who wants to start dating again, and live-in neighbors who refuse to accept the house rules. April Grace tries to emulate her parents in the grace she gives, but it’s a hard road to learn when everything seems to be against her.
This story is extremely funny. It’s well written and comical at times and is an easy read. I read it quickly, partly because of the easy read, partly because I just couldn’t put it down. I definitely recommend this book to anyone with preteen girls in their life.
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