In "Faith, Hope, and Ivy June", Naylor does an amazing job of comparing the lives of a country girl and a city girl. Ivy June Mosley and Catherine Combs, both from Kentucky, are participating in their 7th grades' first ever student exchange program. During their two-week stays, they each are supposed to record what they honestly think of the other girl's way of living. For Catherine, living in the rustic country is a more difficult change then it sounds. Not having a shower every day, at first, definitely seems impossible. Ivy June on the other hand is amazed by the big houses and the fact that Catherine has a room all to herself! Between the two, they learn a lot about life from each other and that people from different places are, well, different!
Realistic fiction is a genre I enjoy immensely. They way the characters, places and activities are described leaves a vivid image in your mind. I would recommend "Faith, Hope and Ivy June" to any girl.
Clare gives this book 5 out of 5 carrots!