5 thoughts on “Letting Go of Bobby James

  1. I love the title! And the reference to a great Willie Nelson song I did not know, “Forgiving you is easy, but forgetting seems to take the longest time.”

    I was confused by what seems to be the introduction of two new characters near the end of the book, on page 116 – Phyliss and Big Al. I did not remember and could not find them mentioned previously. Had that section been edited out of the book?

    My favorite line was on page 130: “Out here it looks like the end of the world, like God ran clean out

  2. This requires a good amount of suspension of disbelief for a few parts, but if you want a sweet story with a great no-nonsense main character, this might be right up your alley.

  3. This is one I bought at Children’s Literature Fall Gala 2006 when my friend, Karen, took me with her. We had lunch and heard Avi read aloud and talk; then we stood in line and got things signed.

    Its first-person narrative works pretty well, as much as I can tell, not being Southern, but the urban-family resolution, though sweet, seemed a little pat to me. One of my students is reading it now, and I’m waiting to see how she likes it. So far, she does. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  4. Reflections of Billie Letts’s Where the Heart Is, and Joan Bauer’s YA novels, but JOdy is a strong little girl, actually a married woman at 16, to a jerk of a teenager…Bobby James is not a nice person. He leaves her stranded in a little town in Florida, where she begins to thrive.

    Quirky characters and a great cole slaw recipe…what more can you ask for?

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