Books, Teen Reviews

Read + Review – Love, Ish by Karen Rivers


Twelve-year-old Mischa “Ish” Love is crazy about Mars. Since humans are destroying Earth, Mars is the next perfect planet. Ish is healthy, strong, and a survivor. These qualities make her the perfect candidate to live on Mars. But when Ish finds herself in the hospital, her dreams for Mars are crushed, leaving no hope for the future.

In the beginning, I didn’t like this book that much, due to the fact that I don’t like her love for outer space, Mars in particular. Ish often thought like Earth was already gone, and Mars was our only hope. At the same time, I liked it because it acknowledged how we are slowly destroying the world, and a lot of people don’t pay attention. But when Ish was put in the hospital, it made me feel sorry for Ish, and at the same time, I felt a little unconcerned. The writing was well done, but as Ish went on, her thoughts became clipped and confusing because of her diagnosis. Her dreams were strange and meaningful, while also a nice break from her disorienting thoughts and perplexing actions.There was not really much humor in this book, but that was expected, given Ish’s mindset. Overall, I’d say that Love, Ish was a pretty good, though it could’ve been even better.

One memorable thing about this book is, as I said before, that it acknowledges that Earth is being slowly destroyed, and humans are causing it, accidentally and purposefully. I knew this already, and it has always made me feel sad. But it made me feel happy that this book was being very frank about this sad truth. This leads to the thought of humans living on a different planet, which I really don’t like. Whenever I think of outer space, I always feel small, unsafe, and super insignificant. I can’t understand Ish’s love for Mars, but I can see her point. It’s interesting, because most books are about saving the world, while Love, Ish has already given up that hope..


Reviewed by Christine, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library

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