Middle Grade Review: Stained Glass Summer by Mindy Hardwick


Stained Glass Summer by Mindy Hardwick

Age Range: 9 and up

Series: None

Genre: Contemporary

Print Length: 125 pages
Publisher: Musa Publishing (December 29, 2011)

Source: Author for review

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars


About the Book:

Twelve-year-old Jasmine adores her photographer Father and wants to be
an artist just like him. But when Dad abandons the family, Jasmine is
sent to spend the summer with her Uncle on a Pacific Northwest Island.
Soon, Jasmine is learning stained glass from island glass artist, Opal,
and thinking she might just be developing a crush on island boy, Cole.
But, it’s not until Jasmine finds herself mentoring another young artist
that she can truly let go of her Father and call herself an artist by
her own terms.

My Thoughts:

Stained Glass Summer is about a young girl trying to find herself
through her art after her father leaves. She goes to spend the summer
with her uncle and learns how to make stained glass art.

I liked quite a bit of this book. The beginning was interesting, and I
liked the way Jasmine connected with her art and searched for
inspiration. The writing flows smoothly and quickly. It’s a fast read
and can easily be read in a couple of hours.  I liked the growth that
Jasmine experiences over the summer and the new things that she learns.

The one thing I didn’t like was Jasmine’s attraction to Cole. She was
twelve, and he was thirteen, yet she kept talking about his bulging
muscles and how nicely his pants hung on his hips. Those are the
thoughts of a much older girl, not a twelve year old. And what thirteen
year old boy has muscles?

If it weren’t for the love interest, I probably would have given the
book another star, because I did like it. I just didn’t find the love
interest to be appropriate or relatable for the intended age group.

Content: Very mature crush on a boy. Clean otherwise.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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