Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony – 9.5/10

  In Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony, a young 16 year old, Molly Mcclure lives in a dystopian/futuristic era, in the year 2031. She lives on a farm on a Canadian island. She uses solar panels, grows her own food, and relies on horse-drawn buggies and bicycles. As Molly’s mom grows farther in her pregnancy, the island doctor suddenly dies, and it’s up to Molly to travel to Oregon by herself to find her grandparents to help her mom. The book is mainly about Molly’s struggles throughout her journey in the United States, and the challenges she faces while trying to get to her destination. This really is one of my favorite books. It’s a great book for both boys and girls, but because it deals with adult themes, should be read by young adults and up. The author uses a lot of symbolism throughout the story as well as a lot of vivid imagery. I really thought that it included all of the components needed for a great novel. The main character is very relatable and she faces many challenges throughout this coming of age novel. She faces many hardships, which seems to be a common interest among young adult readers. Overall I think that many people will love this book as much as I did because it is such a quick read, while also very enjoyable and well written.

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