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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
I just finished reading Theory of Expanded Love by author Caitlin Hicks and I have to say, I absolutely loved this book. Follow the story of spunky, 12-year-old Annie Shea, one of thirteen children in a very traditional Catholic family in 1963. Pope John has just died and President Kennedy has been assassinated, and life in the Shea family is about to change as well. When Annie's sister gets pregnant out of wedlock and her parents are willing to do just about anything to protect their reputation as a "good Catholic family," Annie realizes that it might be up to her make things right for her sister and her family, but to do that, she has to challenge everything she's ever known.
As I said earlier, I simply loved this book. Loved it. Caitlin Hicks has done an absolutely masterful job at creating a book that is funny, fun, heartwarming, and just an absolute joy to read. I read Theory of Expanded Love straight through from beginning to end without a single break. I just could not put it down. But I was sad when it was done. The characters, and especially young Annie Shea, are written so realistically that by the end of the reading, I truly felt that I knew them, and I was so very sad to say goodbye. Theory of Expanded Love is a book that would appeal to any reader. Period. Any reader who loves great writing should read this book. This is the first book that I've read by author Caitlin Hicks, but it certainly won't be the last. I am eagerly awaiting the next book by this extremely promising author, and I hope she's hard at work on it already!