Monday, August 27, 2018

If This Were a Story by Beth Turley


In the book, If This Were a Story Beth Turley shares about a ten year old girl named Hannah. Hannah is your typical fifth grade girl who attends school and keeps a reflective outlook on her day to day life. Written in short subject based chapters that could be easily read one at a time or several in one sitting based on the time the reader had. I believe these subjects are relevant to the fourth or fifth grade student: bullying, friendships, recess happenings, and family life at home. 

One of the repetitive subject chapters are notes from visits of Hannah and her classmates have with their counselor. I think these are realistic issues that could be discussed between a student and a counselor or other trusted adult. 

In addition, there is a story inside the story between the relationship of Hannah and her eighth grade pen pal Ashley. This consistent communication between the girls, assists with the main issues within the plot and assists Hannah with processing her thoughts. 

From the publisher: Tenacious. That means strong-willed. My mother calls me that. I wish I felt the same way. If this were a story, I would discover I was a direct descendent of a famous soldier who won countless battles and protected hundreds of people. This resilience running through my veins wouldn’t be damaged by the notes; it would fight off bullies and prevent my parents from yelling at each other. But this is not a story. This is real life. My life as ten-year-old Hannah Geller, who is the only girl in fifth grade to have little red bumps on her face, is unable to let the sad thoughts escape her mind, and leaves heads-up pennies wherever she can to spread good luck. And who also finds magic in the most unlikely of places.

Beth Turley is a graduate of the MFA in creative and professional writing program at Western Connecticut State University. She lives in southeastern Connecticut and teaches writing as an adjunct. If This Were a Story is her first novel. I received an Advanced Digital Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley and Simon & Schuster in exchange for my honest review. Book release of If This Were a Story, tomorrow August 28, 2018.


I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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