Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

I’m sure you’ve heard of this author if you’ve read Because of Winn Dixie, which personally, I think that should be required childhood reading. And similar to the aforementioned, Raymie Nightingale is a tale of growing up confused and to only have your father leave your mother when you can’t really grasp why he’d leave her for another woman.

This book is an easy, perfect beachside read. It takes little brain power to understand the plot line but it’s relaxing and it’s, at times, uplifting. It’s got some pretty adorable parts too. Though I wouldn’t necessarily recommend running out immediately to purchase it locally, it is a great follow-up if you just finished a rather dark read or just need something light because of life stuff.

It follows the protagonist, Raymie, as she enters a beauty pageant in hopes of bringing her father back home after he left with a dental hygenist many years his junior. Along the way, she meets two girls – Beverly and Louisiana – who are perfect sidekicks to this story. Throughout the novel, you learn about each girl’s background and just how much baton twirling & animal rescuing they really can before they need a rescue puppy to snap them out of it.

The author is pretty well established as well and has a great knack for keeping you engrossed in the story she’s writing. She’s talented and great at capturing an audience too but it’s clear she’s a young adult author. Which can be fantastic.

So if you’re in need of a poolside read or something light to mix up your reading list, try Raymie Nightengale. It’s soothing and relaxing and a great way to remind you that growing pains don’t last forever nor very long at all. 

Favourite Quote: The trick is to keep moving. Never stop moving. 



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