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Matylda, Bright and Tender Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0763689513
LANGUAGE:English

"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.

"Sussy and Guy are best friends, and Sussy knows that their friendship is a special one. Guy is the type of best friend who is willing to miss the bus in order to run back to her house and grab her jacket on a cold day. One day, Sussy and Guy decide to buy a pet together. They choose a leopard gecko and name her Matylda, for Guy says she is unqiue so her name should be too. Guy and Sussy enjoy their new pet, until one day when a tragic accident occurs. Then all of a sudden Sussy is left without the one person who meant the most to her. This book is beautifully written, and definitely a tear-jerker. Everyone deserves a friendship like the one Sussy and Guy have." said.

"While this book will break your heart, you will also feel inspired and hopeful after reading it. Sussy and Guy are friends who decide to adopt a spotted lizard to care for and love together. When a tragedy takes Guy away, Sussy tries to assuage her grief by trying to love Matylda like Guy had loved her. It's not an easy task, though, and Sussy struggles with the loss of Guy and her seeming failure in loving and being loved by Matylda in the "right" way, Guy's way. The writing in this middle grade novel is lovely. Sussy's sadness and anger and confusion are beautifully rendered even as you cry over her pain. I highly recommend this book for middle grade children and for adults." said.

"This is a really fantastic little book with a story that really resonates on a variety of levels. The characters are believable and the story is simple yet profound. I found myself very moved by how a young girl might grieve over a devastating loss, and I think the story does a great job of tackling a difficult subject. That being said, this also strikes me as a book that adults might love more than kids. Its definitely still a great book for upper elementary, but I do not know if young readers will fully appreciate the great message of this story.

This review also published at kissthebook.blogspot.com
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"Sussy and Guy have known each other since kindergarten and are attached at the hip. They decide that they need something just for them, which prompts the kids into buying a Leopard Gecko named Matylda. Guy would do anything for Sussy, which leads to him getting hit by a car trying to help her and dying. Afterwards Sussy only knows how to connect with Guy through Matylda who doesn’t seem to like her in the beginning. Overall this story was a real tearjerker for me, which I'm not really fond of in books. I also thought that it was really slow to build up with, which made it slightly difficult to read. However I did love the friendship between Sussy and Guy, which would make this very easy and relatable for students to read. Throughout the book though I did feel a little bit of Bridge to Terebithia in there which may also be what turned me off." said.

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