Title: Picking Daisy
Written By: Valerie Howard
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up
For a while now, I’ve been interested in the whole foster care/adoption types of things. But I didn’t know a lot about it. My parents did foster care for babies when I was young, so we never had to deal with the “problems” of the older kids. This book was very eye opening, but at the same time entertaining.
Elise definitely had her flaws as did DJ and the other characters. But even with all their flaws, they had good qualities as well. Even DJ who after meeting her at the beginning of the book, you would think she’s just a girl destined to be put in jail. But after a while of getting to know her, you realize she has some sweetness and compassion to her, too. Valerie did a good job of portraying the characters.
The dialogue made me cry, laugh, feel sad, and generally feel whatever emotion it was supposed to.
I can’t recall reading a book about foster care and adoption before. This is one that will stick with me for a while. The plot and storyline were very good.
Overall writing quality: 1/1
Every part of this story was very well done.
I did not want to put this book down. I literally read it in three days. Which is unusual for me. For a full-length novel, I usually take at least a week to get from beginning to end simply because of my limited time to read. So I’m glad I started it just before a weekend so I could take the weekend to read a little extra.
Read this book. It will likely change your view of certain behaviors. Or at least bring a little more compassion to your heart regarding children in foster care and what they are going through. Valerie also lists some places at the end were you can donate to monetarily or with your time. I highly recommend this book.