Dear John Wayne:
Oh. My. God! How I loved Girl, Hero by one of my personal favorites, Carrie Jones! In Girl, Hero we follow Liliana, a John Wayne-loving freshman, through part of her first year of high school. We read on, through a series of letters to her hero, John Wayne, as she has her ups and downs. High school probably would've been perfect for her if 1) her mom's weird (and I'm assuming) alcoholic boyfriend Mike O'Donnell didn't move in, 2) her sister wasn't getting hit by her hubby and 3) she could just figure out what was going on with a) her maybe gay father and b) the ever-adorable Paolo.
Let me start with this Mike O'Donnell guy: He's not even real (I'm hoping) and even I hate him. He's just so un-cool, and such a (insert bad word here), it kills me! To make matters worse, her sister shows up with odd bruises on her, which one can only assume were made by her horrible husband. But on happier notes, there's Paolo. Once again Carrie makes pretty much the perfect boy. (He's up there with Tom, Carrie!) I mean, I would want a guy learning John Wayne for me, too!
Liliana's not quite sure how to deal with her maybe-gay father (who she caught wearing tights - gasp!), but doesn't care as long as he's happy -- right? Liliana's high school life is so interesting, you would have to wrestle this book out of my hands. I absolutely loved it. With such adorable and sad characters, you really see how relatable they all are, and it's like you'd want to be their friend if they were real. Plus it's the kind of high school drama that would actually happen (and a few of you might have had happen)> Losing friends, gaining friends and so much more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read. It will not disappoint.
By golly, you've done it again Carrie!
About 80 million stars out of 5.