Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This was a fantastically sad and amazing story! Elsa’s a seven year old girl whose best and only friend is her seventy-seven year old grandmother. Now, her grandmother is not your normal stereotypical grandmother……she’s a tad crazy “standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy” but Elsa loves her for it all.
When her grandmother gets sick and passes away, she leaves behind a series of letters, sending Elsa on a journey that bring to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales. Before her grandmother passed away, they would take refuge in her grandmother wardrobe and fall into the stories in the “Land of Almost Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas” where everyone is different and nobody needs to be normal.
Now, Elsa is on a mission to deliver several letters from her grandmother apologizing to the people she has wronged and the great adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.
I loved this book! It will tear you apart and pick you back up again. Beautifully written.