My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Two Kids covers a year in the lives of Rob and D.C., two twelve-year-olds who meet at a summertime birthday party. As a former extra-tall 12-year-old girl myself, I related to the main female character, D.C. (although I was all gawky, with none of D.C.’s athleticism or confidence). D.C. also experiences a tragedy in her life midway through the story that my family also experienced, and it’s the details like these that drew me into the story.
This book reminds me a fair bit of one of my favorite children’s books, Bridge to Terabithia – Rob and D.C. have vivid imaginations and create their own fantastic stories and make-believe games, yet there’s also real-world personal tragedies that the kids must deal with. But the friendship between the two kids is strong, and this story shows how those friendships formed during that awkward heading-into-puberty time can turn into strong lifelong bonds.
The story was a lot longer than I expected it to be – I don’t really look at page numbers with ebooks, I read enough that I usually know about how long a book will take me (depending on the target audience – adult, YA, middle grade, etc.). I expected this one to be about half the actual length given the target audience. That’s neither a negative nor a positive, though. However, I do feel that a more imaginative title would have improved the book as a whole – I think the simplistic title also led me to believe that this would be a shorter, simpler book (with less tragedy and more of the fun parts of a coming-of-age story). Likewise, the cover art – I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover. But we all do, and my expectations based on the title and the cover didn’t match up with the actual contents of the book.
I received an ecopy of this book for my honest review; all opinions are my own.