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  • The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days


    It's summertime, and thirteen-year-old Nina Ross is feeling kind of lost. Her beloved grandma died last year; her parents work all the time; her brother's busy; and her best friend is into clothes, makeup, and boys. While Nina doesn't know what "her thing" is yet, it's definitely not shopping and makeup. And it's not boys, either. Though . . . has Eli, the boy next door, always been so cute?

    This summer, Nina decides to change things. She hatches a plan. There are sixty-five days of summer. Every day, she'll anonymously do one small but remarkable good thing for someone in her neighborhood, and find out: does doing good actually make a difference? Along the way, she discovers that her neighborhood, and her family, are full of surprises and secrets.

    In this bighearted, sweetly romantic novel, things may not turn out exactly as Nina expects. They might be better.


    Do you know that kind of book you read and I know that your life will not be the same after reading it? That kind of book that fills you with hope? A book that even before you finish will indicate for everyone?

    Perfect, is not it? More than perfect !

    Nina has lived in the same neighborhood since she was little and grew up with Eli and Jorie, her inseparable friends .... or so she thought ... until the beginning of that summer. Eli has problems with the loose father who always leaves the family. Jorie is more interested in being popular than paying attention to Nina. And she tries to keep the friendship but no longer recognizes her friends.

    Nina is a thirteen year old girl who is living well that transition phase between childhood and adulthood where the person wants to grow but does not understand how and why everything around her is different, always being homesick for the past. Her childhood friends are different, her school friends traveled and did not invite her and her family does not pay attention to her anymore.
    She finished elementary school and is facing the challenge of high school, so she and Jorie enrolled in summer classes to get introduce to the new school.

    In a moment of boredom as she watches the life of Mrs. Chung, her neighbor who broke a foot and is trying to take care of her flowers, Nina decides she will do something different this summer.

    And this is how this sweet, weird and different girl will see her whole life be transformed,.
    She gradually makes small kindness and discovering how pleasant it is to do Good without looking at Who.
    Of course this will come at a price and it will spark a revolution on the street and in the lives of everyone around her.

    It is worth noting the constant and witty presence of Eli's brother, Thomas, a pure child who runs around houses with hero cape, arresting several imaginary bandits and ends up helping Nina at various times.

    Not only is the plot good as the characters are very well characterized and I found myself stuck reading, crazy to know how Nina would get out of the confusions she created and if everything would end well.

    With a light and amusing language, the writer led me to remember my adolescence, because at this same age I went through problems similar to Nina. 
    I also began to observe my daughters and their friends and see that there is hope for the world and that the future may be uncertain but  we and they can be and make a difference.

    I love books like that, young people needs more books with positive messages and the bigger folks need a little tea of hope every once in a while.
    A quiet book to leave people quiet and recommend reading to everyone children and adults.

    Highly recommended.
    6/5 stars.

    Kisses, Myl

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