To keep herself out of juvie, Molly's community service project is to help an old lady organize her attic. Molly, a 16 year old orphan in a foster home, is not thrilled with this proposition, but doesn't want to have to move again, so she agrees to do the project. Molly and Vivian, the old woman, start on the attic and Vivian keeps uncovering odd objects that remind her of her own past: an orphaned immigrant in America who is put on an orphan train and Vivian bounces from foster home to foster home, much like Molly has. Their unexpected shared past brings the two together into an odd friendship, and together they uncover answers to questions Vivian has asked herself for many decades.
This is a fantastic read! I LOVED it. The perspective is split between Molly in 2011 and Vivian in 1928. This gives you firsthand insight into Vivian's past, and it adds more events and scenes to the book than just Molly and Vivian cleaning the attic. The bond that Vivian and Molly develop is very heartwarming and fuzzy in a very neat way. One of the things that happened in the book is that Molly transforms from the goth, tattooed and pierced, stealing Molly to the intelligent, hardworking, friendly Molly. This journey that Molly takes helps her understand foster care more and she becomes a better person because of it.
I love the way the book ended also. Vivian acquires all the answers to her questions and reconnects with people from her past that she never saw again. Overall, this is a five star book!
Before I go, I want to ask: has anyone reading this read All the Light We Cannot See? It looks very good, but it is an expensive book, I want to make sure it is worth it. Please tell me in the comments. I hope to see you on Friday!