Saving Montgomery Sole

Saving Montgomery Sole

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"An outcast teen girl explores the mysteries of friendship, family, faith, and phenomena, including the greatest mystery of all--herself"--
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781626722712
1626722714
9781626722729
Branch Call Number: YAF TAMAKI, MARIKO
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 22 cm

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joywolf83
Aug 12, 2016

It trys too hard to be diffverent. Look, I have two moms! Look, I have gay best friend! Look, I'm into weird stuff! Look, I use the internet! It rings false and insincere. I'm 50 pages in and every time I close the book, I think I'm so much further. It feels like Ive been reading forever. Plus the grammar and sentence structure is atrocious for -me to be able to notice.

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FormerlyLisaS
Aug 05, 2016

A great read for YA & A alike, especially for the inclusion of POC & LGBTQ main characters. But I couldn't get past how the bullies were handled in the end. I feel as though their behaviours were brushed off as a kind of "oh, some people are just like that, don't think about it anymore." Perhaps an opportunity for a talking point with your kids if you read it together.

KateHillier Jun 06, 2016

This one took a little bit to get into, which is a bit problematic considering that it isn't all that long, but sticking through it was worth it in the end. Montgomery (Monty) is quite a bit angrier than you would have perhaps expected by just reading the dust jacket. Then again, maybe not.

Monty and her friends have a little club called the Mystery Club, where they talk about ESP, mind control, and other unexplained phenomena. While surfing the internet one day Monty orders something called the Eye of Know - bad things start happening to people she doesn't like. While this is happening a conservative, homophobic preacher is in town - this is especially devastating to Monty since she has two mothers.

As I say, it's not like Monty isn't angry for a reason but, as the book goes on to tell us, being angry is no way to go about your everyday life; and sometimes you're angry when you have no reason to be.

PimaLib_SierraG May 24, 2016

Montgomery Sole has two mothers and a strong interest in the unknown. Her story, told in first-person narrative, is about her struggle to stay as open to other people as she is to the unknown despite the fact that everyone around her is so annoyingly "into sports" or even more troubling "into God".
One of the more fantastic elements of the book, the Eye of Know, is supposedly a source of destructive power but its use in the story let's the reader decide whether or not they want to believe with Montgomery whether such things are to be believed in.
Excellent growing-up story, well crafted characters and just the faintest sprinkling of magic. Strongly recommend.

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Apr 23, 2017

mauve_ant_91 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

PimaLib_SierraG May 24, 2016

PimaLib_SierraG thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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PimaLib_SierraG May 24, 2016

"I tried to absorb all that is the big, strange universe, and all the strange mysteries in it. Including me. Mystery me."

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