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Matylda, Bright and Tender Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0763689513
LANGUAGE:English

"Don't let the cute cover deceive you - this one is intense. Especially if you listen to the audiobook - I've never felt so uncomfortable listening to a book before, and I mean that in a good way. The pain and grief that Sussy experiences after her best friend is in an accident is expertly conveyed by Jenna Lamia. It's sometimes really distracting to listen to an adult read a book that is written in a child's voice, but Lamia did it perfectly. This is a powerful book on overcoming grief and discovering your own path for moving forward after a tragedy.
Also, there are a lot of cool lizard facts!
" said.

" 4.5 starsMy heart! This book caught me off guard and I'm quite glad it did. A friend gave it to me and I read without looking at reviews or even the back cover. I know there are readers in my library that will love Sussy and Guy as much as I did - and who will appreciate how much heart is in the story. " said.

" Read aloud with the 3rd grader, and we had to stop and take a break because this book, while indeed bright and tender, is also tragic and sad. It's filled with love and grief and loss. It's filled with loyalty and devotion and making mistakes and forgiveness. Truly remarkable, just, at times, a tough read when you're 9 and the world is filled with books that are funnier and don't make you cry. But, as he said at the end, "Totally worth it." " said.

" In this very sad book, Sussy and her best friend Guy get a gecko from the pet shop that is kept at Sussy's house because Guy's mother says there is not room for a pet at his house. Then, while they are on a bicycle trip to the pet store, Guy is hit by a car and killed. For the rest of the story, Sussy struggles to deal with the death of her best friend and tries to keep Matylda,the gecko alive and well. " said.

"Audiobooks are hard for me because I have a tendency to wander. This book surprisingly kept me connected to the story. Initially I thought it was a depressing story for children but as I thought about it, with proper guidance the book could open discussion about loss, grief, depression and suicide. The reader was amazing. I found myself getting caught up in the highs and lows of Matylda and Guy and Sussy. The book shows the beginnings of relationship building in what we call bestfriends. There were great takeaways and lessons learned. I would this book in a goodreads giveaway." said.

"Audiobooks are hard for me because I have a tendency to wander. This book surprisingly kept me connected to the story. Initially I thought it was a depressing story for children but as I thought about it, with proper guidance the book could open discussion about loss, grief, depression and suicide. The reader was amazing. I found myself getting caught up in the highs and lows of Matylda and Guy and Sussy. The book shows the beginnings of relationship building in what we call bestfriends. There were great takeaways and lessons learned." said.

"Matylda, Bright and Tender was a story that I will not soon forget. In her masterful writing, McGhee causes you to quickly fall in love with and become attached to the main characters. The relationship between the two main characters is something you want your own children to experience in their life. The characters experience love, loss, perseverance and trial in ways you never expect. This story warms and breaks your heart at the same time. It is a story you won't want to put down. I can't wait to see what is next from McGhee!" said.

"I think I read a different book from everyone else. To be fair, I don't really respect the person who recommended it to me as much of an intelligent reader (or human being), so I perhaps went into this book already disliking it. That being said, it still read like a badly-written 12-step brochure for grieving, one specifically designed for adolescents. I never once connected to the characters and never really felt any of the sadness Sussy supposedly felt. Giving it two stars because I feel like a Nazi for only giving it one." said.

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