Book Description: If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness is just the tip of it. It was only a mistake, but when at the age of five Foster is told “You don’t belong here” the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High School—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what Foster believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere – or with anyone. This reality would continue to suit her just fine, however . . .
Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.
Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying; a secret capable of certain ruin. There are two probable outcomes: either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.
In the end, though, it is Foster who must decide if she is worth mending.
I loved this book. Foster Kelly is sweet and kind. She is also at war with her self. She’s invisible to everyone at her school, sometimes literally, and she doesn’t really want to be. She doesn’t share herself completely with anyone. I don’t think she even shares herself fully with her parents. She finds a certain kind of freedom in it. She feels that she can’t be hurt any more than she already has by people. We can all relate to that.
This book is told from Foster’s point of view and we get to know her very well. There were points where I wanted to throttle Foster but this book is about her life and her journey through it. It’s also about music. Foster sings but she also plays the piano. Her music is an important part of who she is. It’s the running theme throughout the book.
All of this is well and good until she meets a boy that confounds her. He hates her the second she bumps into him. (Foster is accident prone. Who isn’t?) He hates her completely and when they are paired together for music class he quite simply looses his mind. It isn’t pretty. He quits music class. It also appears that he quits coming to school. Odd even for a new student. Eventually he does tell Foster why he completely freaked out. The explanation is really something. What I liked about the relationship between Foster and Dominic was that it was complicated. She was unsure if he even liked her. It was obvious to the other characters as well as the reader but not to Foster. I liked that. There was no sense of destiny. As in real life, we were left waiting to see what would happen.
The explanation of Dominic’s melt down is directly related to the end. I’m not going to really talk about the end of this book. It is mind bending and it took me several days to digest. The size of the ending is in direct proportion to the size of the book. It is long but the payoff is huge. The ending is also completely dependent on how well we get to know Foster. If you skip through the book reading quickly you won’t have the same experience that you would have if you read carefully.
Let’s compare some long books. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer is somewhere around 754 pages. The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling is in the neighborhood of 759. By comparison Awakening Foster Kelly is not long at all. Especially if we compare it to The Stand which comes in at around 1153. Don’t let the length of this book scare you off. It’s worth the investment.
This book is clever, charming and without question will be on my list of the best books that I’ve read this year.
Look for our interview with Cara Rosalie Olsen tomorrow.
PG- This book is a drama with complicated Foster situations. There are no sexual situations. There isn’t any violence except for Emily, if you read the book you’ll understand. She was my favorite character after Foster.
I had a couple of favorite quote from this book.
“If Murphy’s Law and Bad Luck had a child- you’d be it.” Dominic to Foster about all the crazy things that happen to her.
The final line of this book is one of the best closing lines I’ve ever read.
“Our story, it’s not for the logical, certainly not for the unimaginative; it belongs to the dreamers.” -Foster
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