Better to Wish by Ann M. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This first in a quartet of stories about different generations of the same family begins with Abby, growing up in the 30s. A rather short book intended for middle-graders, it begins when Abby is eight and ends when she is eighteen, so there is a lot that happens offstage between chapters. For a middle-grade book, there is also a lot of tragedy and some rather weighty issues (prejudice, depression, the institutionalization of a disabled sibling, and two significant deaths), but there are also a lot of lighter moments and interesting historical details. The book ends on an abrupt cliffhanger, an event that always annoys me, but I do plan to read the next in the series, so perhaps the desired result was achieved.
*The publisher provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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