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Read + Review: Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling


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This book is about a girl named Aven. Aven was born without arms, and Aven’s biological mother died when Aven was born. She lives with her adopted parents, with her grandmother nearby. Aven and her best friend Zion start high school together, with neither of them ready for what might hit them. However, Aven and Zion experience support and love in ways that they wouldn’t expect. As they both gradually get more into high school, they find that not everyone only sees what you look like on the outside. Although some people are bullies, Aven and Zion meet special people who will change their lives for the better.

I found this book very fascinating because of how the author gave so many real-world instances. These moments really connected to me and kept me captivated in the story. Also, I like how the author made Aven show forms of happiness, even when it seemed depressing. In my opinion, that sends an important message to readers. However, I do wish the author had given details about how Aven had found her biological grandmother, Josephine. I also wish that the author included more about Aven’s biological father.

One memorable thing about this book is how horrible some people treated Aven. This book helped open my eyes to how mean some people can be. Also, this happened more than once, so it’s very memorable how bad it made Aven feel and how realistic those instances were.


Reviewed by Shraddha, Twin Hickory Area Library

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