Nest - Esther Ehrlich

3 Stars

In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes.
   Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.

Esther Ehrlich is the author of Nest, her debut novel forthcoming from Wendy Lamb Books/Random House in September 2014. Ehrlich was born and raised in Boston, graduated from Vassar College, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. 

Visit her website - HERE

First let me say that I love the cover! 
The book started out a little slow for me but did pick up towards the middle enough for me to really enjoy it. I loved the characters Chirp was cute, fun, interesting and I loved her independence! This story ended up being quite a sad book. I think that is what saved it for me - I love sad books.

On the neg. side - It jumped around a bit and wasn't always easy to follow.
This book is intended for grades 4 - 7, well I don't think kids that young would be interested in this book. Its not that it is inappropriate - its fine that way. Like I said - its slow in the beginning and gets very sad, not really something a young reader would like. Also it takes place in the 70's again not really for young readers - I don't think they would get many of the references. I got them! But I don't think they would.
I did Daycare for years - I watched 4th, 5th, and 6th graders and I know none of them would like this book.

On the other hand - If it is a coming of age book about a young girl written for adults - I would score it higher. I enjoyed reading this one and do look forward to seeing more from this new author.

I got this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

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