Book Review #2: Olive’s Ocean


“Her life was a measly mess that could be contained in a closed fist. But her sadness could not be contained, and so she cried and cried.”




Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes (217 pages) is about a twelve-year-old, redhead girl named Martha. A girl who went to her school, Olive, gets killed by a car. To Martha’s surprise, she finds out from Olive’s journal that the girl wanted to be her friend. This news confuses Martha, and she finds her thoughts consumed with Olive. Martha spends the rest of her summer vacation at her paternal grandmother’s house, thinking about death and her family.

What I like about this book is the writing. Everything Henkes seems to write in Martha’s narrative is poetic.

I also like romance a lot, even if it’s just sprinkled throughout a book. Innocent preteen romances are always fun to read because they are pure and awkward. Awkward and pure. It’s before the broken marriage, the cheating scandal, or the nasty dm (direct message). Preteen romances remind people of much simpler times, and I’m no exception to that. It’s adorable that Martha’s clueless about boys.

I can’t say that there was anything I disliked about this book. If I had to be nitpicky, the book could be considered anticlimactic throughout because the story reads like a kid’s normal day.


There’s nothing startlingly interesting about Martha. She’s just a normal kid, but I like that. Martha’s like thousand of kids anyone might know in real life, curious and thoughtful.

Godbee, the grandmother, is wise and just a little bit feisty. She reminds me of the God-like characters played by Morgan Freeman. I like the conversations Martha and Godbee have the most.

I wish I could have seen a bit more of the Manning boys, Tate in particular. Still, their presence was just enough so I did not forget about them.


This was a good read, nothing too obscene (there is a minor reference to Morning Sex), and the perfect length. If you want a book for a lazy afternoon then this book is for you!



Monday: What I’m Reading Now 1/30/17


This week I am in a New Edition craze! I’ve grown up on “Candy Girl”, and the subsequent solo efforts of the group too. My mom used to play “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown so often, that I knew the words by heart before I had seen the video. Of course, I love (and still to this day dance to ) “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe. I have really enjoyed watching New Edition’s biopic that broadcasted on BET. It’s given me a lot of insight on the group I did not know. Bobby was a rebel from a young age! Also, the little boy actors are so adorable and precise with their dance moves. I can truly say I had no favorites in New Edition because each member was essential. I liked Johnny Gill too even though he reminds me of the Cookie Monster at times. It’s all the growling he does!

Enough rambling!  Let’s talk about books because you should know what I’m reading.

What I’m reading now:

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

This is the next book I will be reviewing! I have already finished the book, which means I have read all the pages. I tend to like books centered around children and teens, as opposed to adults. It’s about a little redhead girl who finds out about the death of a girl at her school.

Here’s a quote from the book, that I like a lot:

“As she wove in and out of all the people – rushing, talking, eating, laughing; some in clumps, some alone – she realized that no one, no one at all in the airport, or on the entire planet for that matter, knew her thoughts, knew what she was carrying inside her head and heart. And at that very minute, what was inside her head and heart made her feel as though there was no one else in the whole world she would rather be.”


What I Read Last Week:

402013Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

This was a bunch of fun to read! Here’s my full review of it: here. I have started reading the fourth book in the series.Georgia’s still hilarious to me! I guess you can say I have become a fan of this series.


Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.