Hattie Inez Brooks was orphaned as a small child, and ever since she has been Hattie-Here-and-There, going from one distant relative's home to the next. One day she receives a letter from Montana - from her deceased uncle - saying that she has been left in his will his property claim, and that if she would like it she needs to head to Montana quickly. Sixteen year old Hattie, excited for and opportunity to lay her own path in the world, jumps at the chance. She (unnecessarily) screws her courage to the sticking place and heads east, to Montana. This story follows her over the course of the next year as she gets acclimated and as she rushes to prove up her claim before her November deadline.
The author's writing style and word choices were just right, never leaving the reader in the dark, except for when evidently on purpose. As the story goes on, I as a reader developed some fairly strong feeling about most of the characters. I grew to really like Hattie and her new neighbors, and multiple other people as well, and I also had this deep dislike for certain other characters - in other words, the characters were all really well developed. This book provided a much appreciated and very unique perspective, and also is the perfect concoction of humour, light-heartedness, serious moments and some - to put it mildly - interesting situations.
I very much liked this book (I bet that you couldn't tell). My mom got a copy of Hattie Big Sky for two dollars in the book store/warehouse I mentioned in an earlier post (which you can read here), and I liked it so much that I asked to put it on my bookshelf, and keep it as my own, and I was very happy when my mom said that I could. This book (not trying to sound strange or overly lovey-dovey over this book) spoke to me, made me happy, and I am fairly certain that it will stand out in my memory as a great book for years to come.
I hope you have been reading something that has made you happy, and that you have had a great week!