Cyd shares one of her summer reading picks!

This debut novel is so compelling, I had a hard time putting it down! It pulled me in from chapter one and stole my heart by chapter three. Fig, the young protagonist, is irresistible – and her story is filled with love, art, confusion and courage.

Most of us can recall some of the angst of being a 6th grader like Fig Arnold. It is a time of easy embarrassment and tender feelings. You are trying to figure out who you are, where your passions and talents lie, and what love actually means.

Set in coastal New Jersey, 11-year-old Fig wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist is a mystery to Fig. She is science and math nerd, but bravely steps outside her box and signs up for an art class – to hopefully see life more like her father does. As she starts a project about Vincent van Gogh, Fig sees similarities between her family and his. But then Fig’s dad shows up at her school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.

Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is an earnest portrait of a young girl yearning for acceptance and stability, while struggling to understand her father’s illness and searching for someone she can trust.  It is also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out. I highly recommend it!