Speed of Life eBook ☆ Speed of ePUB ½


Speed of Life ➹ [Reading] ➻ Speed of Life By Carol Weston ➮ – Thomashillier.co.uk What happens when the keeper of your most embarrassing secrets starts dating your dad Sofia wonders if might be the worst possible age to lose your mom Talking with her dad about puberty and s e x is What happens when the keeper of your most embarrassing secrets Speed of ePUB ½ starts dating your dad Sofia wonders ifmight be the worst possible age to lose your mom Talking with her dad about puberty and s e x is super awkward even though he is a gynecologist And when she wants to talk about her mom, her friends don t know what to say and her dad gets sad When Sofia discovers Dear Kate, an advice columnist from Fifteen magazine, she s grateful to have someone to confide in about everything from crushes to mourning someone who is completely, wonderfully anonymous It feels ideal until Sofia s dad introduces her to his new girlfriend, Katherine Baird, aka Dear Kate Praise for The Speed of Life The Speed of Life is the kind of book that you want to read speedily, all at once, because the characters are so engaging, the voice of the narrator pitch perfect, the situations convincingly real and raw, the humor and liveliness of the prose such fun to follow, and the feelings of that time in a teenager s life when everything can go from awful to awesome in a heartbeat are so vividly captured You won t want to put it down But my advice is slow down and savor this delightful book, full of carino, funny and heartfelt, and spoiler alert not just for teens Julia Alvarez, award winning, bestselling author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies Carol Weston s Sofia moves beyond sorrow to all the possibilities of teen life in this wonderful book that takes us from loss to laughter Richard Peck, Newbery Gold Medalist for A Year Down Yonder.

    Speed of Life eBook ☆ Speed of ePUB ½ and s e x is super awkward even though he is a gynecologist And when she wants to talk about her mom, her friends don t know what to say and her dad gets sad When Sofia discovers Dear Kate, an advice columnist from Fifteen magazine, she s grateful to have someone to confide in about everything from crushes to mourning someone who is completely, wonderfully anonymous It feels ideal until Sofia s dad introduces her to his new girlfriend, Katherine Baird, aka Dear Kate Praise for The Speed of Life The Speed of Life is the kind of book that you want to read speedily, all at once, because the characters are so engaging, the voice of the narrator pitch perfect, the situations convincingly real and raw, the humor and liveliness of the prose such fun to follow, and the feelings of that time in a teenager s life when everything can go from awful to awesome in a heartbeat are so vividly captured You won t want to put it down But my advice is slow down and savor this delightful book, full of carino, funny and heartfelt, and spoiler alert not just for teens Julia Alvarez, award winning, bestselling author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies Carol Weston s Sofia moves beyond sorrow to all the possibilities of teen life in this wonderful book that takes us from loss to laughter Richard Peck, Newbery Gold Medalist for A Year Down Yonder."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Speed of Life
  • Carol Weston
  • 27 May 2018
  • 1492654493

About the Author: Carol Weston

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database Speed of ePUB ½ with this nameCarol s newest novel, SPEED OF LIFE, is for ages Starred reviews Kirkus, PW, Booklist, SLJ New York Times perceptive, funny, and moving Newbery medalist Richard Peck calls it wonderful Julia Alvarez says, You won t want to put it down Carol is also the author of AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT and AVA XOX, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky , a series about a fifth grade word nerd NYTBR says AVA AND PIP is about sisterhood, but it s also a love letter to language nyti ggyDHV Carol has been Dear Carol at Girls Life since Her first book, GIRLTALK HarperCollins was translated into languages A Yale grad with an MA from Middlebury, Carol has been a guest on Today and The View and loves visiting schools The author of The Diary of Melanie Martin series Knopf , her fan page is facebook writercarolweston She posts helpful videos at youtube girltalkwithcarol She and her husband live in NYC, and have two daughters and a cat twitter carolweston.



10 thoughts on “Speed of Life

  1. Beatrice Masaluñga Beatrice Masaluñga says:

    Thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Though it s been a year her mother passed away, fourteen year old Sofia Wolfe misses her badly She and her father are still coping over the loss She feels lonely without her mother s presence and she doesn t know how she ll express her feelings to her father After Katherine Baird or well known as Dear Kate, an advice columnist at a teen magazine visited their school, she decided to email her Thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Though it s been a year her mother passed away, fourteen year old Sofia Wolfe misses her badly She and her father are still coping over the loss She feels lonely without her mother s presence and she doesn t know how she ll express her feelings to her father After Katherine Baird or well known as Dear Kate, an advice columnist at a teen magazine visited their school, she decided to email her asking for advises and talk randomnly about girl stuff She finds comfort opening up to her but things get awkward when her father introduces her new girlfriend and it happens to be the woman behind Dear Kate.I really like this book It s greatly written and I like Sofia s character development Her mother s death left a huge impact in her family and struggled in moving on I like her honesty and innocence There are times she s naive and that s okay because it s part of growing as she continues to learn many things I like that she s flexible and understanding She slowly adapts to changes and I think she adjusted really well Also, I like the little cute romance between her and Sam and how she get along with Alexa Kate s daughter It s not easy for these two but I m glad they worked it out

  2. Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews says:

    Note I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review Many thanks to Publishers and author Speed of Life is coming of age book for age group between middle grade and YA This is perfect summer read for teens for girls only The book is about life of Sofia after her mom s death, her grief and struggle, feelings, family drama, and teenage stuff The age when she needs a mother the most, is not around and about how after all she gone through will climb the mounta Note I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review Many thanks to Publishers and author Speed of Life is coming of age book for age group between middle grade and YA This is perfect summer read for teens for girls only The book is about life of Sofia after her mom s death, her grief and struggle, feelings, family drama, and teenage stuff The age when she needs a mother the most, is not around and about how after all she gone through will climb the mountain of life and whether she will reach a summit or fall.I loved the beginning of the book It gave warning that the book is going to be sad It was sad of course, but book had a sense of humor that lightened up the grief of Sofia The book was actually from January to January and each chapters in month I really liked that style, different and unique Story was divided in 2 parts first was from Jan to mid year and second July to Jan.First part was all about characters, their background, and new change in their life sad, grief, fun, dramatic, exciting When I reached the end of this part, I felt like book just ended, really because I expected this an end So, on starting second part I was clueless Second part surprise, dramatic, character development which was really amazing especially of Sofia and Alexa.click here to Read Full Review

  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    Edit, 09 23 2018 It s been a long time since I wrote this review Looking back at it, I feel like I should bespecific, or at least give a better explanation.I was looking forward to this book, but I didn t expect the main character to be so young and to act even younger I feel like this is muchlike MG I said that in my original review, which I m not going to edit.The quote I mentioned in my original review is what really made me feel like this was not going to work for me It was Edit, 09 23 2018 It s been a long time since I wrote this review Looking back at it, I feel like I should bespecific, or at least give a better explanation.I was looking forward to this book, but I didn t expect the main character to be so young and to act even younger I feel like this is muchlike MG I said that in my original review, which I m not going to edit.The quote I mentioned in my original review is what really made me feel like this was not going to work for me It wasn t funny It seemed insensitive I don t need everything to be fluffy, and I m not expecting safe spaces in all books But this just felt like such an unnecessary section that I became so muchcritical of the entire novel.I don t think the author deserves hate I didn t even hate this book in the first place I just didn t and still don t understand why certain decisions were madeSo what s Dear Kate going to talk about I asked Probably the ABC s of adolescence The ABC s Anorexia, Bulimia, and Cutting Kiki laughed.Hi Hi NO.First of all, this book was classified as YA on NetGalley If it is, it s very, very young YA I felt like the characters acted the way I did in the sixth grade.And I couldn t even really get through this book I found it so cringeworthy I mean, just LOOK at the quote above Hahaha, those things are so funny I sure do hope Dear Kate talks about the ABCs of adolescence Gotta love shallow advice columns.Okay I m sorry I just can t take this book seriously

  4. Jess Jess says:

    4.6 STARS I really enjoyed this novel I was a bit nervous that I was going to find the main character immature because she was 14 I often read books where the main character is at least 16 Then, I realized that it wasn t even a year ago that I was 14 and went through similar moments I really liked that the chapters were months It allowed for me to really dive into Sofia s life Many times I ll wonder about the rest of a character s life beyond the pages, and I was lucky to experience an 4.6 STARS I really enjoyed this novel I was a bit nervous that I was going to find the main character immature because she was 14 I often read books where the main character is at least 16 Then, I realized that it wasn t even a year ago that I was 14 and went through similar moments I really liked that the chapters were months It allowed for me to really dive into Sofia s life Many times I ll wonder about the rest of a character s life beyond the pages, and I was lucky to experience an entire year Other books only give me snippets of someone s life I got to know what Sofia was like spring, summer, fall, and winter Her life really transformed over the course of a year While losing her mother was incredibly tragic, the events that followed were wonderful She met so many people who loved and cared for her deeply I m almost jealous the way her life turned out I could only dream of the summers she spent in Armonk with her new family I know that her life was far from perfect, but it seemed really amazing While the novel starts out very sorrowful, it changes drastically I REALLY craved a new beginning after reading this I don t really know how to explain this so that it makessense so I ll leave it at that It was a very enjoyable read and easy to indulge in

  5. Hafsa | حفصہ Hafsa | حفصہ says:

    Disclaimer Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley This was ADORABLE If I had to sum my thoughts about this then I d say it literally was the best emotional, nostalgic and relatable roller coaster ride down the memory lane of my early teen years AND I enjoyed reading it a lot There were so many amazing things about this book that I appreciated and one of those was the diversity in this book I noticed that the writer tried to have a distinguished, diverse set of characters Disclaimer Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley This was ADORABLE If I had to sum my thoughts about this then I d say it literally was the best emotional, nostalgic and relatable roller coaster ride down the memory lane of my early teen years AND I enjoyed reading it a lot There were so many amazing things about this book that I appreciated and one of those was the diversity in this book I noticed that the writer tried to have a distinguished, diverse set of characters as much as possible and that s real good because there are hardly any authors in middle grade that actively try to incorporate and celebrate diversity in their books Characters like Lan, Kiki, Mr Kapur, Aisha, Dr Pavlica even though secondary and primary, mentioned only once or twice except for Kiki were visible examples of how the author didn t want this to be a mainstream American novel with an all white cast Apart from this Sofia herself was not white yay The book was not only diverse in terms of race but sexuality as well and included some LGBTQIA characters, another good addition The way this book was structured was really fitting in my opinion the two parts made the character development so muchevident The January to January concept was also really refreshing and the monthly chapters made it easy to navigate and keep pace with the plot The themes of this book were wide ranging and it addressed a ton of teenage dilemmas reconstituted families and their problems the sociology nerd in me was over the moon , death of a parent, grief, friend problems, boyfriend problems, pimples, periods, sex, pregnancy, college, and everything else in between which made this book quite relatable to my 2 years back self that still lives in me The author s writing was absolutely flawless and had a brilliant flow to it it never felt like she was trying hard to convey emotions, those sporadic sparks burst out themselves and injected me with a god awful lot feelings especially in the first part, I couldn t help but feel pathetically sad about Sofia Ask the shattered pieces of my heart how they felt every time she would compare her father s reaction to her mami s and say mom would ve wipes tears The voice of the author for the 14 15 year old narrator was kept in check because never once did I feel like there was this older woman writing everything, it feltlike the diary of a 14 year old which is such an incredible feat for the writer The characters were such well written, perfectly developed yet under construction ones, and I was emotionally invested in them from the very start which made their progress, dilemmas, a lotreal, honest, and relatable The relationship between the characters were developed so wonderfully and realistically, especially Sofia and Alexa s, those two really made it seem like they were actual teenagers stuck with becoming each other s apparent sisters Kate s character was well planned and executed and the advice she gives in the book would be helpful to girls in real life too I liked the fact that the characters professions weren t conventional I mean except for 10 things I hate about you, I ve hardly seen gynecologist fathers and Kate s job as a columnist was unique as well The novel is also filled with significant advice Weston s job as a columnist clearly helped and shone throughout the entire novel and important lessons for, the most highlighted one being the ignorant attitude of teenagers and kids in general towards parental love I have absolutely no idea and every idea why I missed my mom so much and hated the fact that I had flown from the nest pretty early than normal kids do Sad life But I really enjoyed reading about Sofia s relationship with her parents and Kate Comparisons between private and public American schools were added in an efficient way and made me learnabout the American school system then I had before in movies books which coupled with the mention of the flamboyant Spanish culture, language and food made reading this book an educational experience I really wished my secondary school taught Spanish after reading this haha Best scene in the novel Sofia s concert I LOVED THIS All in all, a great middle grade ya read, highly recommended for parents and children alike

  6. Karlita | Tale Out Loud Karlita | Tale Out Loud says:

    Sometimes life ends when you don t want it to, and sometimes it starts when you don t want it toTransition Change Acceptance.Death was inevitable as we all say It takes a lot of courage, a lot of time to heal wounds and a lot of time to bring back the pieces of a shattered heart But even so, once broken nothing can make it as whole as it is It just gets better and stronger and wholer the next time it gets the pace of pain, hurt and sorrow.Speed of Life is a beautiful story deSometimes life ends when you don t want it to, and sometimes it starts when you don t want it toTransition Change Acceptance.Death was inevitable as we all say It takes a lot of courage, a lot of time to heal wounds and a lot of time to bring back the pieces of a shattered heart But even so, once broken nothing can make it as whole as it is It just gets better and stronger and wholer the next time it gets the pace of pain, hurt and sorrow.Speed of Life is a beautiful story depicting life after a death of someone you love and care about It is a story of a fourteen year old girl named Sofia Wolfe who s mother died and life was never been easy Who said it will beEveryday is a day to cope and accept that no matter what happen, life must go on even if it s hard Even if she didn t want to because she has toI knew what was coming And I knew that everything kept going, ready or not Real life wasn t like watching a movie on a laptop You couldn t press Pause or Rewind or Skip or Start Over Life barely skipped a beat for Death The planet never slowed down to let people absorb a shock or play catch up It just kept spinning and spinningAnd then there s this flicker of hopeThe end of one chapter, I told him, is the beginning of the nextA start of something new New relationships, new adjustments Could Sofia be ready for all this changes When she found out that her Doctor Dad was dating the only person she could talk about her mom Katherine Baird a.k.a Dear Kate is a columnist at Fifteen magazine Sofia confided with her, felt a connection and consider her as a friend Would it felt really weird to make the confession that she s Catlover99 who refer to her Dad s girlfriend, the Mystery Woman How about dealing with Kate s daughter Alexa and her bitchy personality Could they be an instant family Death Change These are the two things in life that is hard to deal with Yes It gets easier everyday But there were moments in life that will last foreverMoments that will split your life into Before and After Where there is hope that everything will get better, that good things happen tooIn science that day, Dr Pavlica had mentioned the speed of light, and I d heard the speed of life While he was going on about E mc , I was thinking again about how crazy it is that life just speeds along, sunrise after sunrise, season after season Whether you re totally miserable or insanely happy, the months keep coming, crashing like waves There are no do overs, no backsies, and bad stuff happens But then I thought, Wait Good stuff happens too And sometimes, even a kiss can slow time downThis book was intended for tweens but I honestly grown to love the story and understand what the characters were going through It is deeper to its sense, truer to its core A strong catch where you realize that this is how it is in real life This is an impressive story for everyone who had gone through the same mourning and grief but also taught of acceptance from death, relationships, parenthood, to puberty in all its complexity I actually consider this as a must have must buy book Thank you NetGalley, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Carol Weston for providing me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest

  7. Ashley Ashley says:

    This was precious As soon as I had read the summary, I was expecting a good read, and I wasn t disappointed The story was touching, the characters were great, it was an interesting read I especially liked how it took place over a year, with each chapter being a month is Sofia s life And the range of emotions I felt while reading There were so many times I was holding back tears both from sadness and from happiness but there were also some really funny parts intentional or not Oh no This was precious As soon as I had read the summary, I was expecting a good read, and I wasn t disappointed The story was touching, the characters were great, it was an interesting read I especially liked how it took place over a year, with each chapter being a month is Sofia s life And the range of emotions I felt while reading There were so many times I was holding back tears both from sadness and from happiness but there were also some really funny parts intentional or not Oh no Is the bike okay I thought this was well written with good characterization It was a quick and engrossing read, and I d definitely recommend it.Edit 2 21 18 Carol Weston LIKED THIS REVIEW AAAAA

  8. E2 Michael E2 Michael says:

    This book made it to my current list of my three favorite books I enjoyed this book deeply Just a warning for you people, it s a bit grown up Anyway, in the book, the main character is very mournful of her mother s death This is like me because when something bad happens, I spend very long mourning and praying about it, and can t seem to get over it sometimes This is like my uncle because when his application to four ivy league colleges failed, he mourned for so long about it, and even afte This book made it to my current list of my three favorite books I enjoyed this book deeply Just a warning for you people, it s a bit grown up Anyway, in the book, the main character is very mournful of her mother s death This is like me because when something bad happens, I spend very long mourning and praying about it, and can t seem to get over it sometimes This is like my uncle because when his application to four ivy league colleges failed, he mourned for so long about it, and even after on the second last day, Princeton accepted him, he still mourned This book is great, and you should check it out at the library

  9. Brooke Snow Brooke Snow says:

    This book is a gem I loved the main character, Sofia, and found her endearing and an honest representation of a 14 year old girl At times her best friend Kiki, was a bit corny, and some of the dialogue was just a bit off, but overall this book rang true to some one who spends a lot,of time with pre teens and teens I looked forward to reading it and thought about it when I had to put it down to actually get on with my life.Brief Summary Sofia is a 14 year old living in New York City She atte This book is a gem I loved the main character, Sofia, and found her endearing and an honest representation of a 14 year old girl At times her best friend Kiki, was a bit corny, and some of the dialogue was just a bit off, but overall this book rang true to some one who spends a lot,of time with pre teens and teens I looked forward to reading it and thought about it when I had to put it down to actually get on with my life.Brief Summary Sofia is a 14 year old living in New York City She attends a private all girls school where her mother was a beloved Spanish teacher Was When the story opens in January, Sofia s mother has died 8 months ago and Sofia and her father and trying to cope with the loss and their new relationship as a two person family Sofia and her BFF, Kiki, attend a speaker at their school, Dear Kate, who writes an advice column for teenagers Both girls are enraptured by Dear Kate s wisdom and honesty Later that evening, Sofia s father attends a parent session with Dear Kate The story progresses from January to January, a Year in Sophia s Life Sofia starts writing to Dear Kate, asking for advice she wishes she could ask her mother as she struggles with life s challenges of becoming a young woman Dear Kate writes back in endearing and sincere letters Sofia s father begins dating, and in the spring we learn that the Mystery Woman is Dear Kate Sofia s father and Kate reconnected at the school assembly they knew each other in high school From there, Sofia grapples with all of the changes happening in her life and begins to navigate high school and dating with Dear Kate by her side.What I Liked the story is sweet, but not sappy heartfelt but not too deep and the relationships are honest and real I Liked that Sofia was only 14 turning 15 a lot of YA is about kids a few years older and the content ismature Speed of Life goes at Sofia s speed one month at a time She does not rush into dating, sex, or drinking alcohol which I appreciated in this story I Liked that the story was realistic and believeable What I Didn t Like Not much There were some cheesy one liners from Kiki and Alexa, Dear Kate s daughter, but other than that, I really enjoyed this book Final Thoughts this is a book I will definitely recommend to my students I think the age recommendation of 11 15 is perfect and is the same age population of the students I work with I think it is an appropriate read for that age group and parents will not have to worry about mature content This story made even a 30 something get teary eyed Sofia was 13 when her mother died I was 15 when my father died I felt that her experience of adjusting to life without her mother and the life situations that come up which Sofia must figure out on her own were real Overall, this is a fun but touching read I cared about the characters and was invested In their lives I highly recommend this book to teens and adults I want to sincerely thank the publisher for allowing me to read this book, courtesy of NetGalley It was a pleasure to read and review

  10. Lisa Dobra Lisa Dobra says:

    Sofia lost her mother eight months ago and is still reeling from the loss Her friends are supportive and try to get her out of her shell, but she s just not ready to move on yet After an advice columnist comes to her school for an assembly, she decides to write to her to ask her questions she can t bear to run by her dad, or even her best friends The two form a correspondence and she begins to feel better until she uncovers a secret that turns her world upside down once again.Speed of Life Sofia lost her mother eight months ago and is still reeling from the loss Her friends are supportive and try to get her out of her shell, but she s just not ready to move on yet After an advice columnist comes to her school for an assembly, she decides to write to her to ask her questions she can t bear to run by her dad, or even her best friends The two form a correspondence and she begins to feel better until she uncovers a secret that turns her world upside down once again.Speed of Life tackles a lot of hard, mature topics with finesse and even humor just a sampling of the issues covered include going through puberty, having your first kiss, when to say no, dealing with the death of a family member, having a blended family, having a multicultural background, and changing schools having to make new friends Sofia goes through a lot, but she manages to remain strong, and her close relationship with her father is refreshing and heartwarming A fairly diverse cast paints an accurate picture of New York City, and readers will have no problem rooting for Sofia through all her trials and tribulations.The only thing I would advise is that although the book jacket says 11 and up, I would skew the recommended age for this slightly higher, only because of the subject matters covered

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