Book in a Minute: Girl Unmoored

Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Mirabile Fabulam! as Apron might say.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Apron is the delightfully quirky twelve-year-old heroine of Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer. Her mother recently died and her dad is burying his grief in a pile of student essays – he’s a Latin teacher. Worse yet, Dad has also decided to marry his late wife’s sexy Brazilian nurse. About the only person who pays any attention to Apron is her eccentric grandma, who claims tiny people have been cleaning her house at night.

Then Apron meets Jesus. Well, really, she meets Mike, the guy who plays the lead in a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Mike is gay and it’s the 1980’s, a time when AIDS was thought of as only a gay disease and no one was sure just how contagious it might be. Mike and his partner Chad, who own a flower shop together, are not popular people in town. But their isolation is a boon for Apron, who insinuates herself into their lives and even badgers them into going to the parent-teacher conference in place of her pre-occupied father.

Mike and Chad teach Apron the ins and out of the florist business and how to be true to herself. And surprisingly, Apron has a lot to teach them too.

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  1. So I was looking up the publisher info on this book and here is what Amazon had to say to me:

    Frequently Bought Together:
    This item: Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer Paperback $15.33
    Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James Paperback $9.57

    Seriously? I can’t think of two books LESS likely to attract the same readers. Book one: Heartfelt, insightful tale of blossoming, clever, independent heroine and her friendship with a gay couple. Book two: Porny S&M fantasy novel about doormatty heroine who is pretty much brainwashed and outright abused by a sex-crazed, domineering, borderline psychopath. Yeah, Amazon, I can see the crossover appeal there. How much is E.L. James paying for all this attention, for God’s sake?

  2. This sounds really interesting.
    What’s the age group this is written for?

    • I think her website describes it as a “crossover” book. Older teens and mature younger ones could definitely read it – it might be great in a classroom as a “historical” read (God, do I feel old saying that), since it’s set at a time when AIDS was just becoming public news and people were really panicking about how contagious it might be. A Girl Scout troop might enjoy it too. But it’s heavy reading and I think most adults will enjoy it too.

      • I think it sounds like a great read, and something the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) might like to put on their reading list. I know I want to read it.

      • I think it would be a great choice for the Gay Straight Alliance. I think it might be an “indie” book – i.e., not from a big mainstream publisher, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find because it’s getting lots of good publicity. I read it on my Kindle when it popped up on a bargain list one day.

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