Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sign Language by Amy Ackley

Sign Language
By: Amy Ackley
Released: August 18, 2011
Source: ARC from author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

"Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore." (Summary from

Amy Ackley's Sign Language is the story of Abby whose father has cancer. Abby wasn't aware that anything was seriously wrong with her father except that it was taking him some time to recover from surgery. Abby's life begins to drastically change as her father is home resting all the time and her mother is afraid to leave his side.

Sign Language is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about loss and life. Abby's biggest concern used to be how to get the attention of her crush but, her life changes when her father gets sick. It is evident from the beginning how much Abby loves and adores her father. As he begins to die, Abby handles it all in her own way. Abby is not only losing her father though, her mother won't leave the house or her father's side and cries all time. Then there is Abby's sweet and loyal best friend Spence who tries to help her along the way.

Sign Language had me in tears several times throughout the story. I was immediately captivated by Abby and her family's story. Ackley expertly handles the topic of loss and grief. I enjoyed that the story spans over a couple of years without ever feeling rushed. The reader can see how much Abby grows and how she continues to handle it all. The book also has moments though that make the reader smile and hopeful. I completely loved the ending and it was definitely my favorite part of the book. I recommend Sign Language, it is an excellent story about growing up.   

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an amazing book. I love books that really get a reader emotional. Thanks for the review, I will definitely be checking this book out!


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