by Esther Ehrlich
Reviewed by Mahnoor H.
Lincoln Junior High School, 8th Grade
Home. By definition, it means “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” But what does home mean to you? For 11-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, home is like a cozy nest where she can do whatever she pleases, along with her older sister Rachel, her psychiatrist father, and her dancer mother. Chirp loves watching birds along with her friend Joey, the mysterious boy who lives just down the road in the beautiful town of Cape Cod. Together, they want to make a whole new world just for them, so they come up with a flawless plan: to escape, explore, and discover. However, in an imperfect world, there can be no such thing.
When Chirp’s mother develops symptoms for what could potentially be a deadly and serious disease, Chirp and her family struggle with drastic changes. Chirp no longer feels what she used to before, and she wishes to be like the wild birds who can simply fly away from their fears, their problems, and their struggles. Nest is a beautifully written novel with every element a story could possibly contain, from suspense to drama to romance. Follow Chirp as she experiences life-changing events and how she overcomes them with the power of friendship and love.
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