Series: No, Standalone
Source: ARC, from Book Expo America
Humorous and heartfelt, this is a story of pairs— of Sybil and Nula (sisters who grew up together in Rook’s Orchard, Ireland) and Naomi and Lizzie (both orphans in present day Blackbird Tree, USA) and unraveling mysteries about family and identity. Naomi and Lizzie’s tragedies turn into a life filled with hope, as old misunderstandings and sorrows between Sybil and Nula give way to forgiveness and love. It is about unexpected gifts—the kindness of neighbors giving away their dogs to protect a little girl, of strangers fostering children, and of young people helping old and old helping young.
As my sister was asking for help to organize her bookshelves, a blue-spined ARC caught my eye. I read the title: The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech. It seemed pretty interesting, as the cover was very vague. I wondered why the cover didn't give away much about the story, so I chose to pick it up and started to read it.
I liked the characters in this book, but some where a little irritating. My favorite character was Nula because she seemed so caring and loving to Naomi. I didn't really connect to the main character (Naomi). My least favorite character was Lizzie because she seemed like such an annoying friend and a chatter box. If she was my friend, I'm pretty sure that I would go mad.
The writing was also a bit boring. The story was dragged out and could've been told in ten chapters when there were fifty-seven chapters instead. The writing wasn't vivid or all that interesting.
I didn't really like how the story turned out because it was not easy to follow. Sharon Creech didn't really tie up the loose ends at the end of the story. When I finished I still had unanswered questions like Who was the "Finn" boy? I think that there should've been an after story or epilogue because I was a little lost in the book. Overall, I didn't really enjoy The Great Unexpected. I enjoyed Sharon Creech's other book Walk Two Moons but, The Great Unexpected was a disappointment. I thought the story was a little useless because it didn't really keep my interest or really teach a good lesson. Overall, this book just didn't do anything for me.