November 9, 2013

Review: Little Fish: A Memoir From a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student. Written in an autobiographical style with beautiful artwork, Little Fish shows the challenges of being a young person facing the world on her own for the very first time and the unease—as well as excitement—that comes along with that challenge.
Little Fish follows Ramsey Beyer, or Rams, as she journeys to Boston to attend an art college as a freshman. Born and raised in tiny, rural Paw Paw, Michigan, Rams thinks she's ready for the wonderful changes awaiting her. That isn't exactly what happens though. Typically a happy young girl, Rams now feels hurt when her art teachers critique her work, fearful when she realizes that one of her new male friends wants to date her, confused because when she's home she wants to be at college and when she's at college she wants to go home. Rams is learning that it's hard to grow up.
Written with lists, commentaries, diary-type entries, and comic-strip characters, Rams opens up about her most personal feelings in this memoir. It's always fascinating to look into someone else's mind so I read through this book within several hours. I like her personality because she's fun and eclectic and unusual--just the type of person I enjoy being friends with. It's was basically like talking to a new friend. Rams also discusses her feelings on important issues like dating, being vegan, feminist rights, politics, and her parents' divorce. Teenagers will love this book!
Publisher- Zest Books (Sept 3, 2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed  by~Cindi
Thank you to the Publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review.

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