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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review: Counting to D

Counting to D Counting to D by Kate Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Counting to D by Kate Scott is a cute and easy read.

Sam is a teenage girl with dyslexia. She is really bad at reading and language, but really good at math. Her disability has pretty much been hidden until she moves to a new school. She starts to make new friends, some of who know her secret. She meets and falls in love with Nate, a cute smart boy. Will Sam survive at this school without being able to read?

I really liked this book. Sam was a good character who was really cool. She worried about normal things and had a lot of common sense for her age. For example, she used audiobooks of her textbooks and reading materials to "read" the materials. I really liked Sam's character and found her a good role model.

Nate was very cute. He was a senior and class valedictorian. When he starts dating Sam, he doesn't make fun of her for not being able to read, but helps her learn. However, some of his friends so make fun of her.

One of the highlights of this book is the relationship Sam has with her mom. Sam and her mom get along fairly well, and learn to get along even though the mom is really busy. Since most young adult novels have ignorant parental figures, this was refreshing.

I also enjoyed the way Sam has to join special ed. She is mad about it, but makes friends with special education kids and learns that they all have a life. They aren't that different than her.

Overall, this is a good book with cool messages.

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