Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Willow Chance - brilliant, profound, heart-broken and an orphan.
Willow is a twelve year old prodigy of the life sciences, fluid in the workings of cells and roots and funny looking moles. The shell of her brilliance is shattered the day her parents are killed in a car accident. Lost in a world without relatives or close family friends, she ends up in the care of her bumbling guidance counselor and a Vietnamese nail salon owner.
What follows is a beautiful narrative about broken lives coming together to not only build a home for a little girl but to also find the truth in their own existence.
I nearly devoured this novel in one sitting, enjoying the brilliance of each character and the journey they took to make themselves part of something bigger. It is a novel I will recommend for years to come.
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