Friday, January 17, 2014

A new student review of Counting to D by Kate Scott

ViviB posted a new student review of Counting to D by Kate Scott. See the full review.


I loved this book--I finished it in less than a day. Sam was a lovable and strong main character, and all of the supporting characters were likeable as well. They were three-dimensional characters: I felt like they were real people.
 Something that I really liked was that the author avoided stereotypes. Katelyn may have been pretty and popular, but she wasn't dumb or mean. Eli may have been a jock, but he was thoughtful and kind.
Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the romance between Sam and Nate, although I think that it could have started off more slowly. 
Sam's feelings seemed realistic; she had infrequent emotion highs that seems like an accurate portrayal of someone who's struggling to learn to read in a semi-hostile high school environment where she is the anomaly, unable to read or write when everyone learned years ago. She also deals with family issues, so she has to work through all of this--but at least she doesn't have to do it alone. Nate, Eli, and Katelyn are there for her. I loved all of the friendships that she developed throughout the book.
Counting to D was realistic, well-paced, and unique. It was a light read that I thoroughly enjoyed.