Andi Unexpected – Book Review

I finished this book, and the review, in the car ride yesterday. Despite not really liking the book, it was interesting and I did learn some stuff. 🙂

Andi Unexpected – By Amanda Flower 

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I don’t like writing reviews about books I don’t enjoy, but since I got this book in exchange for a review, here I go. Please remember this is just my opinion. 🙂 

About The Book
The book takes place in modern-day Ohio, told by Andi who is eleven and moves in with her aunt after the death of her parents. She and her sister, Bethany, who is a few years older than her are having a hard time adjusting and aren’t getting along very well. 
While cleaning out the attic, Andi finds a box with several old baby dresses and such in it. The box is from around the Depression-era has the name Andora on it, which is Andi’s full name. Wanting to find out more about the first Andora, Andi and her new friend, Colin, begin asking around. Any time the older folks in town hear either Andi’s full name, or the mention of the first Andora, they get this horrified or surprised look on their faces. This only makes Andi more determined to figure out what happened. 

What I Liked 
Very sadly, there wasn’t much. :-/ I was excited about reading it because it’s the age group I write for, and generally I enjoy it a lot. 
*I did like Miss Addy, who was in the last part of the book,.
*I liked the premiss of the mystery. 

What I Didn’t Like
*Bethany wasn’t very nice to Andi, and I understand that it was showing that they were having a hard time dealing with the death of their parents, still I didn’t like the attitudes.
*Andi eavesdrops, lies, sneaks into a building and leaves the house when she’s grounded. 

In Conclusion
I wouldn’t give this book to my younger siblings to read because of the attitudes and such. I know a lot of people don’t have problem with that in books. For me, I think, especially with kids books, having good role model is important. (Not perfect characters, but I think this book didn’t show the wrong things Andi did in a negative enough light.) 
I went into the book thinking of a faster-paced mystery, think Hardy Boys or Boxcar Children. Instead, it was a slow paced mystery with a lot of facts about the Depression and other such things woven in. If I had gone into it with that mindset, I think I would have enjoyed it more. 

**I got this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

2 thoughts on “Andi Unexpected – Book Review

  1. David Mabe says:

    I'm not asking you to give away the “mystery,” but is there at least an intriguing reason why everyone gets a shocked look when they hear her name? This is the only thing that would make me want to read it.

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