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Lunch-Box Dream book review


Lunch-Box Dream

Tony Abbott

Race/Historical Fiction

173 pages

This novel follows two different families; one White, one Black. This is seemingly no reason for their paths to ever cross, but destiny leads them to. They are each facing their own problems and challenges; both dealing with their race and family relations. The White family goes on a road trip across the country to help their grandma relocate to Florida. The mother of this family is having obvious marriage problems that she tries to keep hidden from her two boys. The boys have problems of their own and are struggling with their won issues.

The Black family sends their boy to stay with relatives, and then they find out that he has gone missing and no one knows where he is. The family is in a panic and sets off to find him, which eventually leads the paths of the two families to cross. The end of the story remains open, but leaves the reader with a hopeful tone that everything will work out in the end.

I didn’t really love this book. I think that it carried with it a good message, and that was the intent of the author, but it just wasn’t for me. There wasn’t a whole lot of suspense, and I never even felt myself really caring about the characters in the book; I just couldn’t connect with them. For me, it wasn’t a great book, but I’m sure there are those that would enjoy it.


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