Saturday, January 22, 2011

Book Review: A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Published: 2007
211 pages, Paperback
Challenge: Triwizard Mini-Challenge
Borrowed from Library

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has perfect piano dreams. She can practically feel the keys under her flying fingers; she can hear the audience's applause. All she needs is a baby grand so she can start her lessons, and then she'll be well on her way to Carnegie Hall. Trouble is, what Zoe gets is a wood-grained, vinyl-seated, wheeze-bag organ.

Yet when Zoe enters the annual Perform-O-Rama organ competition, she finds that life is full of surprises—and that perfection may be even better when it's just a little off center.

I loved this book. Every part of it was great. From the voice Urban gave Zoe to the very simple plot, it kept me interested the entire time. It uses short chapters with funny titles and sometimes, the chapters would only have 2 words in it. But this doesn't disrupt the story. Urban allows the story to move seamlessly, short chapters and all. The humor dry and witty at times, just the way I like it:

"At our next lesson, Mabelline Person gives me a CD and a stack of Perfectone songbooks: Marvelous Movie Memories, Hits of the Fifties, Hits of the Sixties, Hits of the Seventies, Hits of the Nineties.
"What about the eighties?" I ask.
"There were no hits in the eighties." says Miss Person."

Another reason I liked this book was because it was about a young musician who aspires to be a concert pianist! I understand the fascination with Carnegie Hall and making it there. It's thrilling to even be in the orchestra level seats! Even though this book is meant for young readers, I found Zoe's determination to be inspiring. I also loved how close she is to her dad.

I highly recommend this book for middle grade readers and parents alike!


  1. As a parent, I loved this book. Parents are so important in kids lives and this book just spoke to me as a parent. I do love Zoe and her determination, too!

  2. You're right, the humor is awesome :)
    That little paragraph made me wanna laugh.
    I need to add this to my TBR pile :)

  3. I'm going to have to get this book for my 10 year old cousin. It's just her type of read


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