Love, Ish

Love, Ish

By Karen Rivers

New York: Algonquin Young Readers, 2017.

Genre: Realistic Fiction      Grades: 5 and Up    Pages: 279

 

Mischa is twelve years old, has two older “normal” sisters and her parents might just call her peculiar.  Ish, as she is known by family and friends, wants nothing more than to be the first human to live on Mars. She is okay with being up their alone and can deal with the possibility of never coming back as long as she can be the first.  First is important to Ish because  she has always felt slightly inferior—even when she was adopted she felt her sister was chosen (because she is so adorable) and Ish was just the plain looking little love-ishsister who was just part of the package.  Ish does not make friends easily; she does not have a sense of humor, often has headaches and is not materialistic. She had a best friend named Tig, who said they would always be friends no matter what but he moved away and she has not heard from him since. Now a nerdy kid has moved into his house; she is hopeful that he might be a friend until the first day of school when he makes fun of her! Then her headaches get worse until one day when she has a seizure and wets her pants right at school. All the kids laugh at her wetting herself. It was that time she is whisked off to the hospital and Ish’s life changes forever. Karen Rivers writes a heart wrenching story about friends, family and making sure you always stay right with the world.  Never let a day pass when you do not right all your wrongs.

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