“Hummingbird Heart” Robin Stevenson

Orca Book Publishers, 2012. Paperback. 272 pp.

Sixteen-year-old Dylan faces some interesting dilemmas as the author takes readers to deeper levels of thinking and compassion. Along with having to deal with a pot-smoking, freethinking, tattoo-filled mother, Dylan meets a father she never knew existed, struggles with whether or not to become a bone marrow donor for a half sister she never met, wonders whether to have sex with her first boyfriend, and tries to hold on to a friendship that seems to be crumbling right in front of her eyes.

Even with everything she’s going through, Dylan has an obsession with pollution, global warming and other issues of the environment, including death. Practically every page has a rant about one or the other, which seemed to be a bit much. I wasn’t really a fan of this book, but it did have some good parts to it. Students in grades 8-9 might enjoy it.

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