Title: Breakfast Served Anytime
Author: Sarah Combs
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub Date: 04/08/14
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: The book was spectacularly written; I would find myself going back to reread sentences sometimes, not because they were confusing, but because they were just really well crafted. It is chock-full of insight, thought, and realizations. Though it is a "coming of age" book, it was not cliché to me. One thing that stood out in particular was that Combs' characters - from main to minor - all seemed to jump off the page in that they seemed very real and believable.
Memorable or Forgettable: Sarah Combs managed to take the typically cliché baseline theme of a "coming of age" novel and turned it into what I would describe as a "slice of life" book; one that just exists and is wonderful, real, and honest.
Cover: The cover is a reference to several pieces of the book and is quite aesthetically pleasing. I very much appreciate it and believe it is worthy of representing the contents.
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: When Gloria Bishop applies for a class simply entitled "Secrets of the Written Word" at a Kentucky "geek camp," she does not expect the ensuing experience it provides. In the weeks at camp, Gloria undergoes what can only be described as coming of age, but in an insightful and honest way that is fresh and real.
tags: coming of age / gifted and talented / contemporary / realistic fiction / ya lit