Was thirteen the worst possible age to lose your mother? Maybe. Then again, there was no good age.
Speed of Life tells the story of Sophia Wolfe’s fourteenth year. Sophia lives with her dad in New York City, and her typical growing pains are complicated and colored by her mom’s sudden death the previous year.
It seems like people — her friends, teachers, maybe even her dad — are beginning to expect Sophia to have healed from the pain of loss, but she hasn’t. In fact, she can’t imagine what it would be like to “get over” her mother’s death, or even wanting to do so.
Yet the speed of life slows for no one, and Sophia discovers that really living means being in the moment, whether time seems to be racing by or to be frozen. On top of this, she has to deal with issues like kissing boys, changing schools, and the fact that her dad may be ready to start dating again.
Speed of Life is a bittersweet story of loss, love, and growing up that will appeal to fans of thoughtful realistic fiction with an introspective and likeable female main character.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. I liked the characters and could sympathize with their feelings and struggles. I found the writing to be quite excellent, and the treatment of the subject sensitive and insightful.
- Plot: A- (Made sense; progressed logically; not overly predictable)
- Characters: A- (Mostly dynamic, complex, and believable)
- Realism: B (Overall believable characters and events)
- Cover art: A (Cute and eye-catching)
- Pace: B+ (Seemed slow at times, but mostly good)
- Style & Tone: A- (Fit the character’s age and personality)
- Overall: A-
- Title: Speed of Life
- Author: Carol Weston
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 4, 2017)
- Length: 329 pages
- Amazon page: Speed of Life