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Mister and Me

by Kimberly Willis Holt

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This book tells the story of a young girl named Jolene who is trying to come to terms with her mother remarrying after the death of her father. The book showcases Jolene expressing a wide variety of emotions and depicts her journey to accepting this now new father figure into her life. One major theme that I was able to recognize was that of change. In the beginning of the book, Jolene feels that her, her mom and her grandpa are “enough” however she then realizes that even though that family may be enough their is always room for more love. This change in family dynamic seems to be the ultimate driving force in Jolene’s rebellious attitude. Overall I found this book to be very interesting and emotional I just wish it would have dove deeper into the story. ( )
  cejones4 | Feb 22, 2017 |
Set in 1940 Louisiana, Jolene struggles to accept Leroy, the new man in her Mama's life. When Jolene's mother and grandpa have to leave town to care of Aunt Josephine, Leroy stays with Jolene to watch over her in their absence. During their time together, Jolene and Leroy start to bond and Jolene accepts him into her life. I felt this book did a great job handling the topic of remarriage and it isn't often that you have the genders reversed like they are here. When remarriage comes up in any medium really it's usually about a stepmom and trying to undo the "wicked" stepmom trope. I think this novel was a really refreshing take on the subject and Jolene was a relatable main character. ( )
  ilonon | Feb 22, 2017 |
I enjoyed the fact that the book is written through Jolene's eyes, in first person. It feels like Jolene is telling us the story. I loved how stubborn this little girl is throughout the book. It is set in 1940 in Louisiana which is very interesting to read about and imagine life in this time period. The character of Jolene is very relatable. She grows to accept the things she can not change, after putting up quite the fight, which is a good life lesson for children to learn. Her resistance to change is because of how loving and nice her home life already was with just her grandpa and her mother. I think this book could help children in similar situations with single parents or step- parents. ( )
  AubrieSmith | Feb 16, 2017 |
I really enjoyed reading Mister and Me. Jolene's sassiness and her hesitance in accepting "mister" carries the story. One of the character flaws that she has that i really love about her is her inability to filter what she thinks before she says it. I often got in trouble for that when I was younger. This is one of those books you would give a child in case they were dealing with one of their parents getting remarried. It allows the readers feelings about not liking the possible spouse valid. A child may very well be going through the same situation that Jolene is in and this book may ease their mind a little. I enjoyed seeing the character development from Jolene. In the beginning, she believed that her mother, and her grandfather is all the family she needs. Eventually, she realizes the her mother really wants to marry Leroy and she tries to think of possible situations to get her mother to change her mind. After she finally comes to term with Leroy being a new edition to the family, she realizes that adding Leroy to the family makes i just that much more perfect. ( )
  CharleneMartin | Feb 16, 2017 |
This story takes place in a small village in the year of 1940. Jolene and her mother are best friends and have been forever because that is all she really knew because she father died when she was very young. Her grandfather also lives with them which she is very close with him too. Her mother meets a guy named Leroy. He begins to take her out on dates to go dancing. Jolene really doesn't like him. One day Jolene's Aunt Josephine gets very sick and grandpa and mom must go take care of her. Jolene is left with Leroy until they return. During the weeks of it just being Jolene and Leroy, Jolene notices he isn't as bad as she thought. Mom returns and notices the difference in Jolene and how she felt about Leroy. Leroy asks her mom to marry him and she accepts. The whole family is happy and Jolene now sees that her and grandpa weren't enough before, but it's enough now. ( )
  bbrelet | Feb 16, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0698118693, Paperback)

Jolene's family was just Momma and Grandpa until big, loud Leroy Redfield started taking Momma dancing. Jolene refuses to call him anything but "Mister." Without a name, he isn't a real person to her. But then Jolene learns that Mister wants to marry Momma. Is there anything Jolene can do to make him go away?

"The warmth and love in the Johnson household envelops the novel... Jolene's willingness to face the uncertainties of her future may well give courage to readers confronting sea changes of their own."-Publishers Weekly

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( New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"
( A Texas Bluebonnet Master List Book

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In a small Louisiana mill town in 1940, Jolene does not want her Momma to marry the logger who is courting her, but it seems that even her most defiantly bad behavior cannot make him go away.

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