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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Abigail had a difficult life in her younger years. Losing her mother at an early age didn’t help. Then Abigail became sick and was in the hospital. She had to drop out of high school to focus on regaining her health. Throughout it all, Abigail had big dreams: she wanted to finish high school, go to college, be someone special. Only, these dreams just appeared to be getting further and further away. Then she met an old lady who shared her story and pointed out that even when times get tough, you can persevere and get through it all. Focus on the dreams and dig in and try harder. That’s what Abigail did.
Briana Shantell Parker’s story, Abigail Did It So Can You, addresses a very difficult issue that faces young people today. The plot follows Abigail as she grows up, missing her mom and all the love they could have shared. As one incident after another piles up against Abigail, the author produces a means to help the protagonist steer away from the growing urge to give up on dreams and on life itself. The climax is when Abigail hears the old lady’s story and has a rejuvenating moment that directs her on the right path to achieving her dreams. Powerful message. Interesting illustrations. This book, being about social issues, is directed more to the teen audience, even though it also appears to be a picture book. This book has value and there is a strong message in the author’s treatise: to dream big and never give up on your dreams.