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352pp
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From the author of WORDS IN THE DUST and DIVIDED WE FALL: A heartwarming book about a son reconnecting with the father he lost in Afghanistan.

Mike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn't recovered: Mike's mom is overworked and overprotective; his younger sister Mary feels no connection to the father she barely remembers; and in his quest to be "the man of the family," Mike knows he's missing out on everyday high school life.

Then, out of the blue, Mike receives a letter from his father -- the first of a series Dad wrote in Afghanistan, just in case he didn't come home, meant to share some wisdom with his son on the eve of Mike's 16th birthday. As the letters come in, Mike revels in spending time with his dad again, and takes his encouragement to try new things -- to go out for the football team, and ask out the beautiful Isma. But who's been keeping the letters all these years? And how did Dad actually die? As the answers to these mysteries are revealed, Mike and his family find a way to heal and move forward at last.

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4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.3  (4)
Writing style 
 
4.3  (4)
Characters 
 
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
5.0

User Review

Setting
Afghanistan- Mike's father died in a war when he was seven. He sounded like a great man, battling for his country and showing love to his family. If only he made it home to tell his son to go to church and do well in school.
Home- Ethan really wants Mike to join football again, his mom might think it'll be a bad idea but we can make it work.
Characters

Mike wants to be as good as a man his father was, but can’t learn from him. His love for football explains who he does it for.
Coach Brown wants Mike to join the football team, he’s heard a lot about Mike and saw him play in Jr. high school. Even after a concussion, Coach Brown still believes Mike is a great player.
Good Points
Starting a better relationship with God was Mikes number one goal to succeed for his father. Mike says he sees himself inside a church more, it sounds realistic for someone who wants to be the better man. Even without a helping hand you’ve got to remain strong. Time and patience makes perfect, sometimes a little bit of waiting won’t be so bad.
Bad Points
At first Mikes mother disagreed to sign the permission slip for football registrations even though they were due this Friday. That was when the first practice was. She was worried her little boy would get another concussion. It was too much to deal with, having your child always sleeping.
Plot Summary
Mike found his father's true message, in his letters. Also shares his love for football.
God is good and he taught us a lot of lessons, life isn’t about worrying and stressing.
Ending
The author wants to show a connection with God, he works in weird ways sometimes but we’re usually okay. You can strive for greatness and make something by the days.

Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Story held my interest 
 
3.5
Writing style 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0

User Review

Setting
The setting is quite typical, a small town called Riverside. Though it is not the most important literacy element, this setting helps to develop the characters. Derek, Mike’s employer, is able to own his farm and it fits into the setting while adding to the story. Mike’s family lives in a small, run-down house and this setting is important to the plot. It shows the loss they have felt by the death of their father and even though it was almost eight years ago, the family is still struggling to recover. The house and town emphasize the situation of the family as a whole.
Characters
The main character of Michael Wilson was portrayed well. He was developed enough to know that while he had many of his own opinions, he struggled with following the crowd. He wanted so desperately to fit in but the letters from his father were telling him to be his own person. Michael was greatly influenced by this and by his football coach’s motto of integrity and hard work. His behavior toward the end of the novel was based on these principles and this made him a very likable character. The character of Derek was developed well, although it took until the end of the novel to completely figure him out. He had the characteristics of being hard working, compassionate and reliable and these are what made Michael really look up to him and trust him. He has not only helped him with giving him a job, but selling him his truck and offering advice whenever he could. These two characters and their relationship made this story applicable and encouraging
Good Points
The author did well in that his writing style was unique and different for the letters than it was for the rest of the book. It made them seem more real and like they were actually coming from another person. The fact that the author has a personal connection with this type of life, the war, makes it have that connection that wouldn’t be there otherwise.
Bad Points
The storyline was somewhat original in that the letters and later videos of Mike’s dad, came from when he was in the war but had later died. I feel like this story has been done before, though most likely in a different way. The way Mike changes throughout the book was very unoriginal however. He was having a hard time, he gets the letters, and then is suddenly able to change. It felt predictable and slightly forced.
Plot Summary
If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy is a relatable story about a young boy trying to figure out life after he was torn apart by the death of his father but it is especially difficult for him because no one will tell him anything of how it happened or why. Michael Wilson is a normal fifteen year old. He goes to school, gets good grades, and wants to play sports. Though his mother is unwilling to let that happen. Since the death of her husband, she has been overprotective of her children. Michael is trying to figure all of this out and get his mom to open up about things, which she is even more unwilling to do. This is all complicated even further when Michael receives a letter from an unknown sender. He opens it and is shocked to find out that it is from his father. He has written him many letters to help guide him though these tough years. Through these Mike is able to feel a connection that has been lost and once again feel close to his father, but the question of who and why are still present at the back of his mind.
Ending
As much as this book was predictable, I enjoyed it. It was a positive, cheery and uplifting story. The ending was satisfying and provided closure. It fit the story well and offered information about what happened to each of the characters, which is always nice in a novel. Reedy was trying to portray the messages of honesty, family, and character to his readers and I felt he did a good job of that. The entire story was filled with stories and examples of how this can change or how it should be and Mike strives the whole book to do the things his father would want him to do. The last few pages are distinct because Mike writes a letter to his father, though he will never read it, it finishes the novel well.

Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

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User Review

Setting
Takes place in 2013-2014, in high school, Riverside High.
Characters
Mark Wilson, Michael Wilson, Mary Wilson, Derek Ioma
Good Points
Michael achieved all the missions his dad had told him to in his letters.
Bad Points
Michael's mom was being sort of stubborn and over exaggerating about things.
Plot Summary
Michael is a 16 year old boy who lost his father in war at the age of 7. His father had letters and videos for him before he died. The letters and viedeos helped Michael in high school to achieve the goals every boy would do. The videos also revealed secrets from the family and Michael couldn't take it any more. He had everything in high school until things went haywire when he found out about the secrets in the family.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

If you're reading this

User Review

Setting
Mike was lived in a small town with is mother and Sister Mary who was a little self-centered, he was now the man of the house, Mike was a very smart kid in school, he wasn’t the most popular kid. He would work in a small farm in the town he lived in with a family friend named Derek.
Characters
Mike joins the team listening to his dead father’s letter. It wasn’t easy for him as a new team member and starting later than most of the kids on the team he had it ruff, coach Brown would make him stay longer and practice longer so he could “catch up” on what he had missed. Soon Rhodes a very confident wide receiver and also the captain started picking on him, made him stay longer and worked him harder than usual. Mike as the hard worker he was used his brains and big muscles to overcome what Rhodes was putting him through, but he still had the problem at home. He was still receiving those mysterious letters from his father he doesn’t really remember and doesn’t know exactly how he passed away.
Good Points
Trent Reedy did a great job in writing about mikes life and his hard ship with a sport and a life of a young man, but also made it very unique by putting in some mystery to get the reader hooked waiting to see how his father could be writing him if he was dead and Suarez was dead as well. One thing I enjoyed a lot was the letters his father wrote they were written to him as if his father knew what he was going through every time mike needed something.
Plot Summary
If you’re ready to read a mysteries novel yet realistic. If you’re reading this. By Trent Reedy is the book for you. This novel is about a young man named mike, whose father died serving for the air force in Afghanistan when he was very young. Mike then started high school he was a very strong muscular young man, the football coach wanted him on his team, Mike was very excited to play but he had one problem his mother didn’t agree with that sport due to an injury he had when he was younger. soon he started getting letters from his dead father, his father had wrote him letters before he passed away, in these letters his father tells him to try out for what he loves, mike was very confused because a guy names Suarez was suppose to be sending him these letters in behalf of his dead father. But Mike soon found out that this unknown man was dead as well. He had died with his father in Afghanistan.
Ending
I thought this novel was great, I learned that no matter how hard things may be or how scared you may be you should go for it and someone will always be there for you even if you think they are not or you cannot see them they will always be there for you. And no matter how hard something may be, sick around because you can get something great out of it.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
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