Letters In Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Letters in Cardboard Boxes is the story of Parker and her relationship with her Grandmother. Parker was left home alone by her parents at an early age while they traveled around the world and Parker was left in the care of her Grandmother. Now Parker is 29 and is dealing with her Grandmother becoming older and ill and struggles with the reality that she will soon lose the only person that was ever truly there for her. To help her through this time Parker rereads letters her Grandmother sent to her when she was younger and she starts mentoring a young girl named Tanya that her Grandmother used to help.
I really enjoyed reading this story. Abby Slovin does a wonderful job in this book, the writing flowed well and was easy to read and the story was very emotional and interesting. Slovin spends a lot of time showing us Parker's character and we see it all, the good and the bad. Parker is quiet, timid, and afraid of change. She has a hard time making decisions on her own or doing anything constructive through most of the book. I found this frustrating at times but slowly we watch Parker begin to change and by the end of the book I was really happy with how far she had come.
The other three main characters are not given as much time as Parker, but they all add something important to the book. Watching Parker's Grandmother slip further away was the most emotional part of the book. The relationship with Jerry, Parker's neighbor, really seemed to give her the comfort she needed during this difficult time. Tanya really challenges Parker and also helps her to lighten up a little bit.
What I was most impressed with was that this book is filled with pain and grief but it was not a depressing read and by the end is was very uplifting. Slovin does a wonderful job of taking a difficult subject and not letting it become to heavy or sad. I would highly recommend this book to any reader looking for a well written, touching story.
I was given this book by the author for an honest review.