Review of “Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling

WOW! 5 star review!

I really enjoyed this book a lot. I was attracted to it by its cover at the library. But I feel in love with the characters and plot right away! It is not just for YAs. It has a powerful message that anyone can relate to it.
Aven, a 13 year old girl, is born without arms. She moves to a small town in Arizona. She makes a friend in Connor and Zion. Connor has Tourette’s syndrome and Zion is overweight. She is also adopted and her parents manage a small kind-of run down theme park. She then discovers that the park owners are elusive and no one has ever met them. She starts to investigate that, but the story is more about the friendships that she develops and lessons that she learns.

The characters were very complex. I loved them all to pieces! This is not meant to be a page turner, but I could not put the book down! I just loved the characters a lot. I enjoyed the positive portrayal of a person who has a disability. Typically, books portray people with a disability as weak. But Aven loved her differences and her positivity helped others as well. I actually cried at the end of this book just because of how happy that I was with the ending!

I want another book about Aven all grown up now!

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