Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 11, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0062427601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062427601


  • Since Steffy was little, she and her older sister, Nina, have lived with beloved Auntie Gina. But when Steffy and Nina’s dad comes home to live with them, everything changes.
  • So Steffy does what she does best: She cooks her way through the hardest year of her life. But sometimes her life feels like a kitchen-sink meal—too many ingredients that don't quite work. All Steffy wants is for her family to be whole again. Can her recipes help bring them back together?
    Steffany Sandolini is…
    1 cup perseverance
    2/3 cup listening skills
    2 tablespoons talent
    1 teaspoon loyalty
    A dash of stubbornness
    And more ingredients she hasn’t thought of yet. How will she mix them all together?

I started reading One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails and at first, I was a  bit miffed because the start of the book really didn't engage me. Still, I decided to read on and boy, am I so glad I did!  

The story really picked up in the second chapter (or maybe I just began to understand what was going on  in the story). Once that happened, I was glued to the pages of this book to the very end. Half-way through this book, I took  a breather, shook my head and told myself, "how could I ever have thought I didn't like this story!?"  

I was deeply touched by Steffy, Nina and their family. While One Hundred Spaghetti Strings is not a smiley, everything is roses kind of book, it is about a family in chaos searching for healing both as individuals and as a family.  My hat goes off to Ms. Nails for creating such a moving story that is definitely Well Worth the Reading!

5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Harper Collins Publishing, Ms. Nails and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

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