This book follows the story of 14 year old Matilda cook or "Mattie". Our story takes place during the hot summer of Philadelphia. Mattie is a typical teenager: she has her head in the clouds and is always daydreaming. She often runs into arguments with her mother Lucille, she has urges to run away or rebel, and she is quite witty and sarcastic. Mattie soon finds herself in a whirlwind of illness all around her, and has to figure out how to survive all on her own. She meets new faces, and sees some familiar ones on her dangerous adventure. She learns more about herself, and how to survive.
In my opinion, this book displays characters and events that I found really interesting to learn more about. I feel that this book is very historically accurate and easy to follow, while not being boring or slow. While the story does take a minute to pick up in the beginning, it gets very entertaining and suspenseful. This remains one of my favorite (if not my favorite) book I've read. The book does get quite graphic with the description of illness so maybe it's not for the faint of heart.
Reviewed by Angelina R., Grade 9