Secrets of Worry Dolls

secrets-of-worry-dollsAuthor: Amy Impellizzeri

Publisher: Wyatt-McKenzie

Release Date: December 1, 2016

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Whispering your secrets to worry dolls is supposed to keep you from stressing, but it’s not always that easy.

Mayan tradition says that if you whisper your troubles to the Worry Dolls you won’t have to worry, they will do it for you. Kind of like a dream catcher to keep away the bad dreams.  The Mayan’s also have a calendar that says the world is about to end.  Mari and her daughter Lu have been through their fair share of tragedies.  Mari was supposed to be at the Twin Towers on 9/11 with her twin sister and father who died that day.  She was also supposed to be on a plane headed to Guatemala that crashes in her neighborhood.  Just as the plane crashes, Lu sees her world come crashing down just as quickly.  Secrets from both past and present come out and Lu has to find the strength to deal with them all on her own, if that is possible.

It is very hard to tell a story where you jump from past to present, along with alternating view-points. Many authors try this and it almost always falls flat.  Amy Impellizzeri may be the exception.  For some strange reason it worked here.  I am a twin so I found Impellizzeri’s use of twins in the story interesting, she did a good job showing the relationship and how losing her sister had an impact on Lu.  The chapters were short making the story flow just right.  There were a few points that things seemed to veer of topic but came back just as quickly.  I don’t want to give too much of the story away but I will say that even if it is hard to get into at times it is worth sticking with till the very end.  It would be nice if having Worry dolls and giving them our problems really did take them away, unfortunately it is harder than that.  I try my best not to worry but I fall short, just as we all do.  I love the concept here and the lessons taught in this book.  There were a few mature themes throughout making it not suitable for anyone beside the target audience age group.  Overall it was an enjoyable and I recommend it for those that enjoy an intriguing story with a few good twists.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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