Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
You’re sitting in the front row of hundreds of seats filled with hundreds of people. Surrounding you are colorful balloons, matching your school colors, tethered to the chairs. Beside you are your parents and your little brother, better known as the most annoying thing in the world. Don’t look now, but behind you is the love of your life.
Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie is told is the perspective of thirteen year old Steven. His life was nearly perfect, except his little brother, Jeffery. Jeffery has ruined nearly everything for Steven. Mixing up his “dangerous pie” with Steven’s priceless drumsticks: Major life ruiner. When Jeffery is diagnosed with an extremely life threatening condition, Steven has to make the decision of a life time. Ignore the fact that his little brother could die at any given moment and live on with his bland lifestyle, or drop everything to help his brother make it another day.
Years ago my grandmother was diagnosed with another form of this disease and it killed her. I can relate to heart sinking feeling that Steven and his family endured. I know how it feels to walk into a dark hospital room and see someone you love, someone who was once so happy and lively just lying there, tangled with wires and tubes. So this book meant a lot to me.
If you’re into books about serious illnesses or life-or-death situations, then I would highly recommend this book to you. If you want to know what Dangerous Pie is all about, then you’re just going to have to read the book.
Article submitted by Autumn Dreifke