EVERY CROOKED POT
by Renée Rosen
Release date : June 2007
In her heart, Nina Goldman knows that beauty is only skin deep. But as a teenager growing up in Akron, Ohio – with her larger-than-life father Artie, a colorblind carpet salesman and frustrated musician – the only thing Nina wishes for is…to be beautiful. Or at least normal. As if having such an eccentric dad wasn’t enough, Nina has another issue to face: the mirror. Born with a strawberry birthmark over her eye, Nina spends countless hours applying makeup and trying out ridiculous hairstyles designed to hide here eye. Convinced that her birthmark is the only reason she’s not popular and can’t find a boyfriend, Nina must find other ways to survive high school. With a string of crazy exploits that have her riding in dryers and appearing on TV, Nina proves she’ll do just about anything to fit in, and even more in the hope of finding love. (taken from Macmillan)MY THOUGHTS : A very pleasant and touching book. I loved the narrative structure : the story is told by Nina, but it doesn't sound like a diary or a commentator. Nina's life is told with hindsight, and I turned the pages throughout her school years until her university life without seeing the time pass.
The Goldman family and their complex relationships are brilliantly described. We're not only following a teenager : although the story revolves around Nina, the many characters we meet keep their individuality and interest. It is a coming of age story, and any teenager will see herself in it. The 20 years retrospective can also appeal to adults, who went through the same ordeals as Nina.
Realistic and universal, witty and cruel, heartfelt and clever, Every Crooked Pot has it all : tears, laughs, life.
It felt like watching a movie while reading, which is a great feeling!