Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book #104: Hurt Go Happy

This semester I decided to continue my 100 book journey, even though I've technically passed 100 and I'm aiming at 150ish now. I have stacks and stacks of books to read, and no, I don't intend to ever stop reading and learning and growing. Enough about me, back to the books.

Book #104 was assigned to me by the same student who assigned me a great book last semester.

 She's a high performing, no-excuses, front row student, so I expected her book to be pretty good.

Besides that, on the day that she handed me the book, she ripped a piece of paper out of her notebook and pointed at me then wrote "Read this FIRST this book is GOOD."

Fine, OK, I wanted to read Gone Girl first, but OK, I promised her right then that as soon as i was ready to start reading again (which I knew would be ANY MINUTE, just as soon as I recovered from my House of Cards binge) I would read it FIRST.

She nodded "good" then turned to her ASL interpreter and told her that I would be passing the book to HER next, because she needed to read it to.

I finally turned off the Netflix and curled up with books. I'm so so thankful for this book because it represents what I hope for in this journey - it's a book I would NEVER have picked on my own because it is very very G rated and written for a younger audience.  Ten pages into this tale about a
 lonely tween girl who meets an ASL fluent chimpanzee I soaked up the  rich details about the daily frustrations the young girl faced because her mother wouldn't let her learn ASL out of fear that it would make her "look different."

A chance meeting with an older man who speaks ASL and has a sugar butt ASL fluent chimpanzee changes her destiny as he uses his resources and knowledge to advocate for her, open her world and  turn this into a Horatio Alger-esque fairy tale.