Friday, December 6, 2013

Petey by Ben Mikaelsen******

Before I start this review, I would like to say that Petey might be the best book that I have ever read.

In Petey a baby is born. He has cerebral palsy though. His family takes care of him until he's two, then his seizures drive them away from him. Petey is stuck in the insane asylum, but he's in the Infant's Ward. He meets Esteban. He's the only person who thinks Petey isn't an idiot. Petey is happy, then Esteban leaves. Petey never sees Esteban ever again. Then he's moved to the adult section. He meets another idiot, and they become great friends. Then Joe comes, and introduces Christmas to them. Petey and Calvin have such a good time with Joe. After Joe quits, Calvin recedes into himself. Petey almost never leaves his bed. Then comes his third helper, Cassie. Petey is now around twenty to thirty years old. Petey feels feelings that he's never felt before about Cassie or other people. Then Cassie's husband comes back from being drafted, and she has to go to New York. This leaves Petey devastated. (This the last one, trust me.) Owen comes in,  and he's old, but he wants to make difference, so he takes care of Petey. Then Petey gets transferred to an old folk's home. One day Trevor is walking down the street, and he sees a bunch of bullies throwing snowballs at an old man. Trevor protects the old man, taking a step into the world of Petey, and changing his aspect of the world forever.

I loved this book. It's very thought provoking. I always wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. Petey was funny, but also super sad. It changed my veiw of the world forever, just like Trevor. I think everyone must read this. If there's a sixth star, this book has earned it. Best. Read. Ever.