• Rachel Penate

The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

TITLE: The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

AUTHOR: Dusti Bowling

PUBLISHER: Sterling Children’s Books


STARS: ★★★★★

SUMMARY: “Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again. But, she meets Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover together they can do it all . . .” (Adapted from Goodreads)

REVIEW: I have such a soft-spot for Middle School fiction. Every once in a while I think my heart needs to be reminded of the innocence of youth. There is just something so magical about the way kids think and explore the world. They might have fears & self-consciousness, but their hope for the world in something better than their current reality is wildly inspiring.

★ The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus is everything I love about YA fiction. ★ Dusti Bowling’s characterization of Aven & Connor really showcases the beauty & power a friendship can have in times of difficulty. They are the absolute cutest & the nods to life in Arizona were particularly fun to see. Thanks Dusti for doing my YA-fiction, Arizona-loving-heart proud!!

Overall, an absolute winner! If you loved Wonder or just simply enjoy this genre, I absolutely recommend the read. It’s a quick, heartwarming, and just overall special little book.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Adoption, physical disability.

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