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Sometimes she wished she was an only child . . . "She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!" Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna. Somewhere along the way, Berta decided that whatever Sometimes she wished she was an only child . . . "She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!" Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna. Somewhere along the way, Berta decided that whatever Glenna was, she would not be. Whatever Glenna did, she would not do. Whatever Glenna liked, she would not like. She would be the opposite. Sure enough, Glenna is sparkling, vivacious, outgoing, and adored, while Berta is serious, dependable, and prim. Their relationship grows more and more distant until, finally, Berta must look into her heart and discover what truly has caused the rift between them.


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Sometimes she wished she was an only child . . . "She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!" Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna. Somewhere along the way, Berta decided that whatever Sometimes she wished she was an only child . . . "She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!" Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna. Somewhere along the way, Berta decided that whatever Glenna was, she would not be. Whatever Glenna did, she would not do. Whatever Glenna liked, she would not like. She would be the opposite. Sure enough, Glenna is sparkling, vivacious, outgoing, and adored, while Berta is serious, dependable, and prim. Their relationship grows more and more distant until, finally, Berta must look into her heart and discover what truly has caused the rift between them.

30 review for The Bluebird and the Sparrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    bird

    I first read this book when I was twelve and it is still one of my favorites today. (Perhaps because I am more like Berta then I would ever admit.) Anyhow, the point of this review is- It is a very good book. It isn't a cheesy book, it isn't a sappy happily ever after book. This book is real life. I enjoy it everytime I pick it up. It is a story of redemption, forgiveness, the mending of broken hearts, and grace.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I almost wanted to give this book a 2.5. It's not that I didn't like the book. I did. And Janette Oke is one of my all-time favorite authors. And it's not that I didn't resonate with the characters. I did. And I'm probably more like Berta that I care to admit. Maybe that's one of the reasons it was hard to read. It was just such a downer for most of it. It took so long for her to really wake up & move on. And - while that is true-to-life for most of us, it was just hard to get through that I almost wanted to give this book a 2.5. It's not that I didn't like the book. I did. And Janette Oke is one of my all-time favorite authors. And it's not that I didn't resonate with the characters. I did. And I'm probably more like Berta that I care to admit. Maybe that's one of the reasons it was hard to read. It was just such a downer for most of it. It took so long for her to really wake up & move on. And - while that is true-to-life for most of us, it was just hard to get through that whole book & see that the change was finally there & at the end it felt a bit rushed. I just kept thinking of all the loose ends & how little book was left to read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Goodbrand

    *sigh* Characters were frustrating, there was so many trials and so little hope, and the whole story kind of dragged out. Ugh. 2.5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Such a great story about two vastly different sisters and their tumultuous relationship through childhood, the teen years, and on into their adult lives. Written in usual, charming Janette Oke style, I enjoyed this book although it wasn't my favorite of her works. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela R. Watts

    Wow. This book was soo good. Probably my favorite of Oke's thus far. The characters were real. Oh, so real. I got frustrated with them, understood their pain, anger, and their emotions, and had hope. Some of the things that happened were so heartbreaking, I started tearing up. The setting and plot was nicely done, too, it gave the book a gentle touch. The story itself really touched me. I find myself feeling somethings in common with the main character, Berta. Seeing her journey was inspiring. Wow. This book was soo good. Probably my favorite of Oke's thus far. The characters were real. Oh, so real. I got frustrated with them, understood their pain, anger, and their emotions, and had hope. Some of the things that happened were so heartbreaking, I started tearing up. The setting and plot was nicely done, too, it gave the book a gentle touch. The story itself really touched me. I find myself feeling somethings in common with the main character, Berta. Seeing her journey was inspiring. And actually, just a few days ago I was thinking of one of my own antagonist in my novel... asking the same questions this book was asking! How incredible of God to show me this book, while I was finding answers for my own novel/myself. It was awesome. Amazing, sweet book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall, it was a very good book. It was exactly what I expected it to be, having watched the movie versions of the Love Comes Softly saga: a Christian historical romance. The characters were engaging and relatable. Glenna – who could have very easily been presented as the far-too-perfect, pious daughter – actually was revealed (by the end) to have to work really hard at being so sweet and giving. Berta – the main character – was especially relatable for me. The main point or question in the story Overall, it was a very good book. It was exactly what I expected it to be, having watched the movie versions of the Love Comes Softly saga: a Christian historical romance. The characters were engaging and relatable. Glenna – who could have very easily been presented as the far-too-perfect, pious daughter – actually was revealed (by the end) to have to work really hard at being so sweet and giving. Berta – the main character – was especially relatable for me. The main point or question in the story seems to be that we make the choices in our life. We are who we want to be. Glenna wanted to be sweet and put the needs of others before herself, so she did that. Berta had this view of herself as being unloved and, therefore, unlovable. She went through her whole life pushing people away: her family, her friends and the one man who truly loved her for who she was. Through a series of tragedies, she comes to realize that she’s made her life miserable through the choices she’s made. She decides to turn her life around. It’s a work in progress. Even by the end, she’s not quite there, but the reader knows she’s well on the path to happiness. There’s a couple instances when the Christian/Religious message is a bit heavy-handed. So, for someone who isn’t especially religious that would be bothersome. I didn’t mind at all, since I’m quite religious. I’m a sensitive person. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve cried at books before – usually because a character died. There was one character in this book whose death made me cry. However, I also cried at the end of the story, because it was so touching. That’s not a reaction I have often and, for me, speaks to the skill of the author. I’ll end by saying that I really enjoyed the book and I’ll definitely read more by this author. I think I’d like to start her Canadian West series. I’ll be checking my library for When Calls the Heart, which is the first book in that series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    This was technically a reread for me - this is my favorite Janette Oke book and it had been a few years since I read it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Keels

    "Oh, Berta... I fear what that defiant spirit and quick temper might cost you in life." Berta sees herself as plain, ordinary, and unappreciated compared to her glowing, outgoing, adored sister, Glenna. That perception affects how Berta lives her life. But she'll eventually have to take true stock of what she has become, and why, in The Bluebird and the Sparrow by author Janette Oke. I believe this is the third time I've read this novel, counting the first time I did so back in my adolescence. "Oh, Berta... I fear what that defiant spirit and quick temper might cost you in life." Berta sees herself as plain, ordinary, and unappreciated compared to her glowing, outgoing, adored sister, Glenna. That perception affects how Berta lives her life. But she'll eventually have to take true stock of what she has become, and why, in The Bluebird and the Sparrow by author Janette Oke. I believe this is the third time I've read this novel, counting the first time I did so back in my adolescence. Pretty sure I was first drawn by its original book cover from the '90s, which I still prefer. I think the story benefits from the rather pastel cover that's softly vibrant and lovely because... Well, because Berta is a downer much of the time. But her story is a lovely one. Berta is a depiction of how jealousy can make even a competent person illogical, petty, and bitter. It makes real, unfortunate sense. The scenes during Berta and Glenna's childhood give the general gist of how they come into womanhood. Granted, that general gist all but makes caricatures of them for a while, with a too-sour older sister and a too-sweet younger one. Yet, Berta's moments of self-awareness make her character relatable. There's a realness to her journey, her pain, and what she must one day come to learn. This ChristFic novel is comfort reading for me. Not because it's perfect or happy-go-lucky (it's neither) but because it brings relevant truth about life, love, and self-acceptance in a simple and ultimately lovely way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kennedi Rose Q

    This book was really really really sad. And really really good. it was so bitter sweet! I really love Glenna. She does sometimes seem to be WAY too perfect. But it kind of made me want to rethink how I wanted to act. I actually felt bad for Berta. So I know this book gets awfully sad, and I know some friends who quit it mid through, but I’m so glad I finished it, the ending is SO worth it The Bluebird & The Sparrow will be 4/5 stars , since it was super sad, and it DID get a bit This book was really really really sad. And really really good. it was so bitter sweet! I really love Glenna. She does sometimes seem to be WAY too perfect. But it kind of made me want to rethink how I wanted to act. I actually felt bad for Berta. So I know this book gets awfully sad, and I know some friends who quit it mid through, but I’m so glad I finished it, the ending is SO worth it👏🏻😍😍🥰🥰 The Bluebird & The Sparrow will be 4/5 stars ✨, since it was super sad, and it DID get a bit boring...otherwise, it was a heartfelt, adorable, bittersweet, story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily Speller

    This book was a fantastic read by Janette Oke and is easily one of my favourite books by her. I loved how we were following through the life of a very clearly imperfect person and seeing how one little sinful attitute could end up dominating a person's life and the decisions they make. It made for a deep and thought-provoking read, and certianly went away from the sterotypical prairie books which tend to have a fairly "good" and "godly" person as the heroine, and made this book feel more true to This book was a fantastic read by Janette Oke and is easily one of my favourite books by her. I loved how we were following through the life of a very clearly imperfect person and seeing how one little sinful attitute could end up dominating a person's life and the decisions they make. It made for a deep and thought-provoking read, and certianly went away from the sterotypical prairie books which tend to have a fairly "good" and "godly" person as the heroine, and made this book feel more true to life. This book leaves you with the desire to examine yourself in the light of God's standards and to realise that just as surely as He has made us who we are, we should not be comparing ourselves to others so much as to Him, and that what really matters is that we are living a life lived for Him and His glory.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    "We really are who we decide to be. That is how God made us. With a free choice. If we were totally the victims of circumstances-God would be dreadfully unfair. But we can choose. Two people-given the same set of circumstances-can choose-one for good, the other to his own destruction. It all comes back to one thing. Our choices. Our attitude." These words of wisdom to Berta from her pastor allow her to see that whether you are a bluebird or a sparrow, you can still be a beautiful creature. What "We really are who we decide to be. That is how God made us. With a free choice. If we were totally the victims of circumstances-God would be dreadfully unfair. But we can choose. Two people-given the same set of circumstances-can choose-one for good, the other to his own destruction. It all comes back to one thing. Our choices. Our attitude." These words of wisdom to Berta from her pastor allow her to see that whether you are a bluebird or a sparrow, you can still be a beautiful creature. What a nice story and what a wonderful reminder that although we are all different, we are indeed special and valuable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Irrelephant

    This is a book I've grown up with and reread periodically. It is pretty YA, but I still love it and it has always been close to my heart because I grew up struggling with jealousy issues and can really relate to Berta and her feelings. It always make me cry and is just one of those childhood favourites that I read like comfort food when I'm feeling stressed out. It is super religious, though.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ginny Reed

    I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I could feel Berta's frustrations and jealousy towards her beautiful younger sister. Favoritism in a family can destroy a person. Berta's struggle to overcome these feelings and finally understand her past so she could enjoy her future made for a good story!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Krystan Hann

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of my favorite books of all time. I have a beautiful, vibrant sister, much like Glenna and I am rather plain, much like Berta. This book is not only a great story, it has helped me so much throughout the years!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Some parts were a little hard to get through, but this book had a GREAT message; one that many people, especially girls, should hear.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Kooistra

    This is probably my favorite Janette Oke book. Okay, it definitely is. I was probably 7 when I first got my hands on this and it instantly clicked with me. As the plain older child who wasn't bubbly and all things wonderful, I really connected with Berta. This was like a balm to my child soul. Like this book, we only see the perspective of the bitter person. Everything has Berta's pov and how she sees things and as a kid, that's all I saw--my side of things. I watched Berta's life play out and This is probably my favorite Janette Oke book. Okay, it definitely is. I was probably 7 when I first got my hands on this and it instantly clicked with me. As the plain older child who wasn't bubbly and all things wonderful, I really connected with Berta. This was like a balm to my child soul. Like this book, we only see the perspective of the bitter person. Everything has Berta's pov and how she sees things and as a kid, that's all I saw--my side of things. I watched Berta's life play out and thought, "that'll be me." I've reread this so many times and as the years passed it changed. I see the characters differently, I feel differently, and different things occur to me. I thankfully left Berta stage as a teenager while she was in her 30's before she snapped out of it. There is something though, despite the vastly different time period, that I think resonates with people. Because people are still the same. I still think if you have two kids and one is prettier that you should tell both they're beautiful because as the parent they should be beautiful to you. Inside, or outside, or both. And every little girl wants that. I think maybe if Berta's parents hadn't just praised Glenna's outward beauty and excluded Berta, that a lot of hardship would've been avoided. Really though, this isn't about how the other people could've changed. This isn't Glenna's story(though that'd be fun to read). This is about Berta and her struggles. This is about how a person can fixate on something as a child and then carry it like smelly garbage throughout their life. I'm always going to love this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Say what you will... I gobbled up every last Janette Oke in one phase of my reader's life. This one is about a librarian. Of course that makes it exceptional.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tashawna

    3.5 stars The Bluebird and the Sparrow was a good book, all in all. It had a good lesson on self worth and such. But the main character Berta's struggles made for a kind of depressing book. She felt her mother always loved her beautiful sister Glenna the most. And she seem to grow kind of bitter, and into believing that because Glenna was born beautiful, her life was easy and she got whatever she wanted. Berta is kind of harsh and not very loving. She makes for herself a life that is pointless 3.5 stars The Bluebird and the Sparrow was a good book, all in all. It had a good lesson on self worth and such. But the main character Berta's struggles made for a kind of depressing book. She felt her mother always loved her beautiful sister Glenna the most. And she seem to grow kind of bitter, and into believing that because Glenna was born beautiful, her life was easy and she got whatever she wanted. Berta is kind of harsh and not very loving. She makes for herself a life that is pointless and dull. It's just not exactly a "light and fluffy" read. BUT, it doesn't stay that way. There is revelation and lessons learned. :) And the end-*sighs*- my was it sweet! :) <3 The end makes this book worthwhile. :D Can I talk about Thomas a little? Okay, he was just a great guy. :) When he was denied a courtship with the woman he loved, he didn't leave and never talk to her again. They were still friends! And he was there for her, even though he loved her as more than a friend and she didn't want that. He was patient, and then... :) Anyhow, I really liked Thomas. Berta. She was kind of irritating as a child. She was just so mean and- ugh! And when she got older she was still hard and not very loving at all. But I still liked her. Or at least when she changed. :P Her story really is a good one. :) So all in all this was a pretty good book. :) It was a good life story, and I liked it. I'd recommend this book to ages... probably 13+ or something. There wasn't really much that younger kids couldn't read. *shrugs* And also to anyone who likes historical romances (keep in mind this one doesn't have a whole lot of romance for the main character for much of the book), and a story that is more "real life". Not fluffy. :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    2.5 stars. This book was pretty good. But I can't call it great, or really good. There were a few things that really dampened the book for me. First of all, Berta. I didn't connect with her well at all. She was too self-absorbed and uncaring. The entire time she was feeling sorry for herself and being a grouch. I couldn't feel sorry for her because I could very clearly see that the trap was of her own making. She simply annoyed me. Second, the over-all book wasn't very happy. Most of the events 2.5 stars. This book was pretty good. But I can't call it great, or really good. There were a few things that really dampened the book for me. First of all, Berta. I didn't connect with her well at all. She was too self-absorbed and uncaring. The entire time she was feeling sorry for herself and being a grouch. I couldn't feel sorry for her because I could very clearly see that the trap was of her own making. She simply annoyed me. Second, the over-all book wasn't very happy. Most of the events brought more sorrow than joy. And Berta's dismal outlook didn't help either. It was also a bit boring. Nothing really excited me about this one. It was just not very interesting to me. And third, it lacked the family feel. From reading the Love Comes Softly series, I expected this book to be, well, similar. To have the same togetherness and family love. This one disappointed me. Other than that, the book was good though. I was happy to see Berta triumph over her selfishness and misunderstandings. The characters were well-written, the plot was unique, the setting was realistic. The romance was sweet, the faith was strong, and the drama was all right. I'm not sure if I laughed but I do believe I teared up a bit. I know it's just a drawing, but isn't the fancy blueish dress on the cover absolutely beautiful? I think it's gorgeous!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marius S

    This book's description here on Goodreads really isn't what its all about. Reading the description on here before I read the book, I would've just passed it on as another love story. It is a love story, but not how you might think. It is a beautiful story written to show you that no matter what you think, or what others tell you, God thinks you are someone special, someone worth loving, someone worth dying for. Excerpt from "The Bluebird and the Sparrow." Page 242-243 "Making us feel This book's description here on Goodreads really isn't what its all about. Reading the description on here before I read the book, I would've just passed it on as another love story. It is a love story, but not how you might think. It is a beautiful story written to show you that no matter what you think, or what others tell you, God thinks you are someone special, someone worth loving, someone worth dying for. Excerpt from "The Bluebird and the Sparrow." Page 242-243 "Making us feel inferior-unworthy-is the devil's work," went on the pastor. "He even tried it on Christ himself. 'Prove that you're somebody,' he taunted Christ. 'Make the world take notice of you.' I think in one way or another, he says that to all of us. Along with it comes the subtle message, 'You're a nobody, and you know it.' 'You're really not worth anything.'" Berta looked surprised. "But that isn't what God says," continued the man. "God says each of us is special. Created for a special reason-to fulfil a special task. He loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die. Now if we are that important, we must be worth a great deal-to Him. You are special, Miss Berdette. Not just to your family a but to God Himself. Do you believe that? I mean, can you honestly claim the love of God?"

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Marie

    Typical Berta: "There was such a contrast between her life and Glenna’s. Glenna had it all. Looks and… yes, her prettiness had made life easy for her. […] Suddenly Berta rose and tossed the letter on the small table beside her chair. Life was so desperately – uneven. It made her angry." Berta always knew her younger sister Glenna got the most attention. Glenna was the pretty and happy one. No one could help liking her from the start. Berta, she was just plain. Plain and unnoticed. Already as a Typical Berta: "There was such a contrast between her life and Glenna’s. Glenna had it all. Looks and… yes, her prettiness had made life easy for her. […] Suddenly Berta rose and tossed the letter on the small table beside her chair. Life was so desperately – uneven. It made her angry." Berta always knew her younger sister Glenna got the most attention. Glenna was the pretty and happy one. No one could help liking her from the start. Berta, she was just plain. Plain and unnoticed. Already as a kid she decided that she would be the total opposite of Glenna. Year after year, she’d ignore the fact that Glenna had it all and would live her own life, however empty it seemed to be. But as God reaches out to Berta’s heart, she learns that whatever the circumstances are she can love and be loved. This was the second time I read the book and I cried anyway. "The Bluebird and the Sparrow" is a beautiful tale of how attitude and choices determine someone’s character more than circumstances. For years, Berta has believed she isn’t loved, that Glenna was loved more because she was so pretty. It takes a lot for her to understand that she can be loved just the way she is.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I was really drawn in to the author’s writing style in this book and enjoyed the setting, also — it’s a historical romance, which I tend to like. The characters were likeable enough. The story, though … it was a little tough to swallow. A girl grows up envious of the attention given to her beautiful younger sister — and it takes her until she’s into her thirties before she realizes that her parents didn’t mean any harm by praising her sister’s goodness and didn’t love her any less (something I I was really drawn in to the author’s writing style in this book and enjoyed the setting, also — it’s a historical romance, which I tend to like. The characters were likeable enough. The story, though … it was a little tough to swallow. A girl grows up envious of the attention given to her beautiful younger sister — and it takes her until she’s into her thirties before she realizes that her parents didn’t mean any harm by praising her sister’s goodness and didn’t love her any less (something I could see from the beginning of the story, honestly). Maybe this kind of thing really does happen in real life, but I had a hard time buying it when the girl seemed bright and impartial when it came to everything else. Or maybe I was more bothered by the fact that, when this problem had been haunting her for the first twenty chapters of the book, it was neatly wrapped up in two. I didn’t feel there was enough “journey” for the main character.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    I read this book aloud with my eleven year old daughter. This is such a great coming of age story, and hS such great truths in it. My daughter could already relate to the oldest daughter and her problems with her attitude. Thus book gave us the chance to discuss what Berta should have done verses what Berta did. I am so glad I decided to read this one with her. It gave us a great opportunity to discuss circumstances in our lives and how she should handle them. As a read aloud book, my daughter I read this book aloud with my eleven year old daughter. This is such a great coming of age story, and hS such great truths in it. My daughter could already relate to the oldest daughter and her problems with her attitude. Thus book gave us the chance to discuss what Berta should have done verses what Berta did. I am so glad I decided to read this one with her. It gave us a great opportunity to discuss circumstances in our lives and how she should handle them. As a read aloud book, my daughter enjoyed this more than any other one we have done. I think that it was because she could relate. We thoroughly enjoyed this read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    N. Brown

    "Set in the early 1900s on the Canadian prairie, the story centers on Berta, the older, plain, dependable sister of cheerful, beautiful, affectionate Glenna. From childhood on, Berta feels ignored as pretty Glenna receives most of the attention from family, friends, and especially young men. She develops a protective shell so as not to compete with her sister's limelight. Circumstances and the stress of not revealing her true feelings finally cause the young woman to seek the advice of her "Set in the early 1900s on the Canadian prairie, the story centers on Berta, the older, plain, dependable sister of cheerful, beautiful, affectionate Glenna. From childhood on, Berta feels ignored as pretty Glenna receives most of the attention from family, friends, and especially young men. She develops a protective shell so as not to compete with her sister's limelight. Circumstances and the stress of not revealing her true feelings finally cause the young woman to seek the advice of her minister. Both sisters eventually discuss their feelings and Berta discovers her "true self."'- Amazon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Bluebirds and Sparrows The title of this book so reflects the true uniqueness of this pinned work by Janette Oke. It has helped me look at my own attitude on how I perceive myself and compare it to God's word on how He looks at me. I found that I am failing in that category. I too need to relook back to the past in which there were episodes of domestic violence ,a alcoholic father and a mother full of hurt. I guess we all could go back and see if we sized ourselves up as a Bluebird with all it Bluebirds and Sparrows The title of this book so reflects the true uniqueness of this pinned work by Janette Oke. It has helped me look at my own attitude on how I perceive myself and compare it to God's word on how He looks at me. I found that I am failing in that category. I too need to relook back to the past in which there were episodes of domestic violence ,a alcoholic father and a mother full of hurt. I guess we all could go back and see if we sized ourselves up as a Bluebird with all it beauty and song or are we the Sparrow with it's total beauty within itself.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yareli Lara

    "The Bluebird and The Sparrow" was a story about two sisters who were different. Berta felt she was never pretty or special she just thought she was ordinary. The story was captivating but at times I felt the religion was a bit overwhelming. The main character, Berta, could also be annoying because she was so stubborn and arrogant. But overall it was a good novel and I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in a story about someone being content with themselves.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Firefly_1824

    This book took me a really long time to read. I read the first half a long time ago, and then finished it maybe last year. I know Janette Oke is a popular author, but this story is more just about the one sister than about a christian message or even the plot. And frankly, it just isn't that memorable. I haven't read any of her other books, so I can't compare it. But I if you want to try one of her books, I wouldn't pick this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Xavier

    I didn't think I would enjoy this book so much. I loved how it described Berta's emotionally cold and distant demeanor from the time of her infancy to her arrival as an adult. Hilariously enough, it uses the stereotypical trope of morose librarian to further describe Berta's character. However, like many reviewers have commented, the ending was too rushed. I wouldn't mind reading a lengthy book since the book itself was a quick read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Bain

    This was a decent book about self acceptance. I found it hard to sympathize with Berta, the main character, because I found her jealous, whiny, and just annoying. But the book was about her realizing that her attitude is what caused her unhappiness, so I guess it is acceptable in this circumstance. I have enjoyed other books by Oke much more than this one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Spoiler Alert...(dont read this review if you are going to read this book.) Well in this book this girl named Berta had a baby sister and her name was Glenna. Glenna was a very pretty young girl. All of the guys in town favored her. After a little while Berta got really jealous because Glenna got all of the attention. So they started going to school.

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