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That Time I Joined the Circus
Book Description:Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.
A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.
When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.
But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.
With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.
A beautiful story of love, loss, and finding yourself. I can’t gush enough about this book. I shed some tears on this one so keep the Kleenex handy ladies. Lexi is a teenage girl in high school whose life ceases to exist after a terrible tragedy. Forced to look for the mother who left her when she was young, she ends up at the steps of a traveling circus, which was the last place her mother had notably been. When she arrives fresh off of a greyhound bus she finds out her mother had indeed been with the circus but has since moved on. With no money and nowhere to go she asks the ringmaster for a job at the circus. Having a soft spot for strays, the ringmaster gives Lexi a job. Lexi has always felt like the invisible person. She went through high school relatively unnoticed. After joining the circus crew, Lexi is no longer invisible. Lexi is a very strong willed character. Although there are times she is emotional with everything that has happened to her she keeps it together. She tries to never let people see her cry and she is determined to figure out a way to survive. As time passes she begins to feel at home with the circus. She becomes very close to the ringmaster’s daughter and soon she sees them as family. This book is the type is story that makes you feel sad but also happy by the end. No matter how hard things get and how evil people can be there will always be someone there to pick you back up. The journey this book takes you on is beautiful. I can’t express enough how much I loved this book. I give this 5 out of 5 stars.