Monday, April 9, 2012

Girl Unmoored Book Tour

Girl Unmoored
by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Fiction Std, E Book (first published March 1st 2012)

Blurb: Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. It’s 1985 and her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a newer model. Fortunately, she’s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ, Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike (no one should look that much like Jesus unless they can perform a miracle or two), but suddenly he’s everywhere. Until one day, she’s stuck in church with him—of all places. And then something happens; Apron’s broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she’s been adrift. 

Mike and his grumpy boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store and Apron’s world seems to calm. But when she uncovers Chad’s secret, coming of age becomes almost too much bear. She’s forced to see things the adults around her fail to—like what love really means and who is paying too much for it.

About the author: Jennifer Gooch Hummer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Her short stories have been published in Miranda Magazine, Our Stories, Glimmertrain and Fish. She has continued graduate studies in the Writer’s Program at UCLA, where she was awarded the Kirkwood Prize in fiction. Currently, Jennifer lives in Southern California and Maine with her husband and their three daughters.

Our review: 
“I sat there looking normal but thinking about how much I wished we were going to see the real Jesus. Everyone needed a miracle once in a while.”
This quote was from the opening pages of Girl Unmoored, the debut novel by Jennifer Gooch Hummer. From the beginning sentence I took notice. This character, a teen named Apron Bramhall, has an incredible voice which drew me in and kept me enthralled by her strong attitude and viewpoints. Apron is having a difficult time dealing with her mother's death, her best friend dropping her for someone better, and dad replacing her mom with a horrible soon-to-be stepmother. She is unmoored but during one summer she will begin to feel again, to love. This book is all about Apron's crazy, tragic, beautiful summer of 1985.
“Love doesn't always mean rings and veils and walks down the aisle. Sometimes love means broken windows and broken hearts, and not being able to fix either. And sometimes love means telling you, there's not such thing as time in Heaven so don't rush to meet me. Stay a while, and pick, girl, the roses.”
For a young girl of thirteen, Apron is incredibly insightful. She will make you laugh out loud, she will make you cry, and she will most definitely make you believe in her. Poignant, candid, and heartbreakingly uniqueGirl Unmoored is the best debut novel I've read in 2012.


  1. Thank you for such an amazing review. I wish I could put this last sentence on my book cover!

  2. Thank you for creating Apron, she's incredible:)