Ivy has felt like she’s been out of control for some time now. Ever since going into middle school, she feels like she isn’t sure what is up and what is down. All her friends want to talk about are boys, boys, and more boys. At home, her mom and her older sister and father are all consumed with the new twin boys that have arrived. Even before they arrived, it felt like her mom was gone because she was on bedrest at the end of the pregnancy.
The only place she feels like herself is when she’s drawing in her notebook. Ivy is an artist and she pours all her thoughts and feelings into her work. Including the feelings she isn’t sure what to do with – like the fact that her notebook is full of pictures of Ivy and a girl – not a specific girl – but clearly a girl. Not a boy. And Ivy doesn’t even know if this means what she thinks it means, but she thinks it might.
She gets up the courage to tell her older sister about these thoughts, but after witnessing a fight between her sister and her sister’s best friend, Ivy feels more alone than before.
Then the worst happens. A tornado completely wipes out Ivy’s house and everything in it. Luckily, she escapes with her notebook, along with the rest of her family. However, at the temporary shelter, her notebook gets lost. All Ivy can think of is that her pictures are out there somewhere, showing her secret. When school resumes, Ivy is horrified when her pictures begin showing up, one by one in her locker with mysterious notes. And to complicate matters even more, there is now a girl that Ivy is beginning to think she has a crush on.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashely Herring Blake is a delightful, and angst ridden tale of first love told in a believable and sweet story.
Recommended for grades 6 and up.