Fartman Express

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I liked Cold Sassy Tree because it was so realistic and close to how my life is. I have read a lot of books about the South, and I think this was one of the best. I read this book in a short time because I kept wondering what would happen. Cold Sassy Tree was funny, easy to read, enjoyable, and full of romance.

Getting to know the characters was one thing about this book that I really enjoyed. I felt as if I were part of the family and genuinely cared about the characters in the book. I also liked the setting because I have always lived in the South, and Cold Sassy, the town where the story takes place, reminds me of a lot of places near me. I also enjoyed the humor that was scattered (in just the right places) throughout the book.

The book ended in a sad way which I did not like very much, but I know the book had to end that way.

That was the only aspect of the book that I did not like.

I would recommend this book to everyone because there is romance for the girls, but the book is about a boy becoming a man. I feel that every person young and old would thoroughly enjoy this book. I would definitely read this book over and over again.

I took away from this book a new perspective on life and growing up. This book made me feel like my feelings and questions about growing up are normal and felt by many people. The thing about this book I will never forget is how Cold Sassy got its name and why the town changed this strange name. I also learned that death is just a part of life. A person's life can be carried on throughout stories, sayings, and pictures; memories never really die.

Reviewed by: Kelly Yates (4-96)