Girl Coming in For a Landing by April Halprin Wayland
Told in verse and divided by seasons, the teenage girl narrator tells her feelings, hopes and what’s happening with her family, friends, school, crushes, and other events in her life over the course of the school year. The author uses the poetry format to zero in on topics with no extraneous words. The narrator covers a wide variety of occurrences including her attraction to two completely opposite boys, having a poem accepted for publication and her fondness and admiration for her older sister.
I was amazed at how much I felt I knew about the main character by the end of the book. The poems vary in length, but each conveys a surprising amount of information, as if the book had been written in full sentences and chapters. The format also makes this a fast read; I read the whole book in one afternoon.
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson