Girl Unmoored {Review and Giveaway}

by Dawn

In Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s debut novel Girl Unmoored, a vulnerable middle schooler with an unusual name is about to discover that she is much stronger than anyone gives her credit for. As narrator, Apron Bramhall (yes, her name is actually Apron), delivers an earnest telling of her story that will undoubtedly touch the hearts of adult readers.

Remember when you were in seventh grade and you were trying so hard to make sense of the world around you? That’s life for Apron, but matters have been even more complicated since her mother’s death, and her father’s subsequent relationship with her mother’s former nurse. Too bad that Apron’s dad is oblivious to the way that Margie (or M, as Apron can only bear to call her) treats her, because Apron really could use someone in her corner right about now, especially since her best friend appears to be outgrowing her. This poor girl is coming unmoored, indeed.

After seeing him on stage playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and subsequently running into him again in town, Apron begins to develop a friendship with a young man, the nephew of a neighbor, and the owner of a local flower shop. Soon enough she begins to realize that Mike’s friend Chad is more than a friend, and Apron is confronted with a reality that she’s only ever heard adults whisper derisively about. The mocking that she hears among her peers has always felt wrong, but what does Apron know about gay people? Her heart tells her that Mike and Chad are two caring people, the types of people she so desperately needs in her life right now, regardless of the hate that she hears expressed toward them.

Set in Maine in the 1980s, Girl Unmoored accurately depicts a time when hostility toward homosexuality went largely unchecked, and AIDS was making national headlines though so very little was yet understood about the disease. Apron’s story is told with a heartfelt honest voice, a child on the verge of adolescence with an innocent and nonjudgmental perspective who simply wants to find goodness and love in the world. Apron unknowingly possesses a wisdom beyond her years, and an innate kindness that the reader keeps hoping will be recognized and somehow rewarded.

We’re happy to offer one copy of Girl Unmoored for today’s giveaway. Please leave a comment here to be entered, U.S. mailing addresses only. We will announce the winner on 4/30.

The winners of I’ve Had it Up to Here with Teenagers are #8 Tammy Gordon, #25 Angela E., and #43 Jeni Monroe.

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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mozi Esmes Mom April 16, 2012 at 2:29 am

Sounds interesting!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com


2 LT April 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win it!


3 Jenn LeBow April 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

This sounds fascinating. And there’s got to be a story behind the name “Apron.”


4 Colleen Turner April 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

This story sounds really intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway!


5 Cindi April 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I still am trying to make sens of the
world around me….
Many thanks for the opportunity to win this
lovely sounding book!


6 Van April 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Sounds so good.


7 Beth C April 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Love to read this!


8 Shantel Schrag April 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Sounds like a great book! I love your first description about remember being in the 7th grade and wanting to make sense of the world around you, it really took me back! I hope to check this out whether I win or not! Thanks for the chance!


9 Angela E. April 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

What a great giveaway.


10 Jeff D. April 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

So many good books to read.


11 Tammy Gordon April 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Sounds like a great book!


12 Wehaf April 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

This sounds excellent; thanks for the review.


13 Barb April 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

Sounds like a good one. Maybe for my middleschooler?


14 Garrett April 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Surely a good read.


15 Lori April 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Another good book to read.


16 June April 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Please enter me also, thanks


17 erica s April 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Can’t wait to read the book.


18 Tia April 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Always up for a great book!


19 Linda Kish April 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


20 samantha w April 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

sounds like a good read


21 Chuck April 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

This story sounds amazing and sad also.


22 Bridget O'Neill April 19, 2012 at 1:27 am

Sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the chance to win!


23 Don April 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Another fantastic book to read, thanks


24 Rosita April 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Sounds awfully intriguing. Count me in.


25 gail April 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

thanks for the giveaway!


26 Staci A April 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Sounds like an interesting read!


27 Cyndee Thomas April 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I like the book’s subject matter. I hope to win a copy:)


28 Mama Zen April 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Sounds like a great read!


29 Patricia April 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Sounds SO interesting. And she had me at “Apron”! ;-)


30 Bethsportsmomma April 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Oh, this sounds like a great book!


31 Kelly Marceau April 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

Sounds like a good read, thanks for the chance!


32 Christine April 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Sounds like a great book.
Thanks for the chance!


33 Stephanie April 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Oooh, this sounds like such a good book! Thanks for the review and give away!


34 JENNIFER DOWNING April 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I always enjoy a great coming of age story, and this one sounds really interesting!
thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)


35 Elaine April 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I like coming of age novels, and I especially like to read debut novels. Like getting in at the start with a good writer.


36 karenk April 29, 2012 at 5:42 am

thanks for the chance to read fabulous novel :)


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