9780545433815_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Many of us have probably dreamed (at least once!) of a time where we could run away, leave our cares behind, and join the circus. Lexi is a girl with attitude and fortitude. It is rumored that her mother joined the circus. This rumor causes Lexi to decide to search for her mother after she feels like she has nothing left to do. Early on in the story, Lexi makes a very large mistake – one that causes her to turn tail and run into the distance after her absent mother. When Lexi arrives at the circus, instead of her mother she finds a variety of unusual, exotic animals, interesting people, and one boy who just might take her breath away. With a chance at love and personal growth, Lexi decides to give the circus a try. After all, what could it hurt?

Lexi’s character isn’t all that easy to get to know at first. She felt closed-off and abrasive, at times. I did like her devil-may-care attitude and brash ways. She was a very strong female character in that she created her own destiny; I wish that I could be that brave. She had a good sense of humor, too; her sense of humor helped her through some very difficult times. Nick, the handsome love interest, is a guy that the reader (and I) could easily see herself falling in love with. He is a bit of an enigma, but that quality only adds to the mystery behind his character.

The other characters are just as interesting and difficult to forget. The reader will meet many different types of people with varying views and mannerisms that all jumble together to create the perfect “background noise” with which to read this book to. I loved how the author developed Lexi from a young, hurt girl to a strong, confident woman. Lexi faces many difficult decisions in this story, but she manages to always hold her head high. I put down this book feeling as if I had learned something useful that I could use later on. That Time I Joined the Circus is recommended to young adult/teen girls who love that extra magic that comes with reading about the circus.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

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