If you like candy and sweet treats, you will really love The Candy Smash by Jacqueline Davies. You should read this book because the action plot, the emotional plot and Evan’s poem keep you wondering. First, you always wonder who put the candy hearts in everybody’s shoeboxes. The author includes, “Where did this candy come from,” asked Mrs. Overton, looking surprised.” Second, you have to wait to the end to see if Megan really likes Evan or it is two other people. The author implies, ¨It was like a math equation with symbols: if M.M. = Megan Moriarty and E. T. = Evan Treski and a heart = love, then M. M. + E. T. inside a heart = Megan Moriarty loves Evan Treski. But what did that mean?” The last thing that keeps you wondering is, who Evan’s poem is about. The poem said,
lately in my heart
you laugh your
you smile your
you gallop past
me standing still
and Jessie asks, “Who was pony girl? What did these words mean?” See? You really should read this book. You will find the answers if you read The Candy Smash by Jacqueline Davies.
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