Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B’s book comes with a subtitle, which you probably can’t read in that tiny little image, so here’s the whole thing: Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World.

So I’m thinking, Cool. A funny book.

I started crying on page 41 and didn’t really stop until the end.

I don’t particularly enjoy crying. My eyes get all red and swollen, and I have to use a bunch of tissue to mop up snot and tears. It’s ugly.

But I couldn’t stop reading.

Ida B is ten years old. She lives with her parents on their farm, and spends almost all of her free time in the apple orchard, talking to the trees and the stream. She’s so hilarious, and endearing, and it just killed a little bit of my soul when she enters her Black Period and suffers through depression.

Even when she’s depressed, Ida B is amusing – even funny – and I found myself falling in love with her. She’s a cool little kid, so creative, and her strategies for coping with the difficult turns in her life reminded me of being ten. Caught between imagination and reality, the line still isn’t there completely, but you’re starting to realize there’s a difference between the two. I ache for that time. Going through boxes of my childhood things this weekend (post about that later) doesn’t ease the feeling of nostalgia.

It was a great book. I couldn’t put it down (probably because I knew I’d never smile again if I didn’t get to the redeeming end). If you’re one of those people who likes watching sad movies or reading sad books, this is definitely for you. And even if you don’t particularly enjoy, you know, weeping in your spare time, you might like the book anyway.


  1. Randi · July 1, 2010

    One of the best young novels…I cried and cried…but you gotta love that Ida B! PS I can’t wait to hear the blog about the boxes!

  2. Vicki · July 10, 2010

    WOW – yet another book that’s now a must-read on my list! I love it when a book actually makes me feel the emotion, even if it’s a sad one 🙂

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  5. KEKE · November 8, 2013

    I would have liked the book if I got to finish it I made it to chapter 7 and then I lost it in one of my classes. By the way i have 10 classes and i am only in the 6th grade.But from the chapters I read I can say that Katherine Harrington is a great author. THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GOOD BOOK.YOU ARE MII NUMBER 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Beth Hull · November 8, 2013

      I’ll pass your message along to the author, if I can!

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