“Emily has been growing up under some major expectations--her mother, a poet, has decided that it is Emily is going to be a great poet (she came upon this when a first edition of Emily Dickinson poetry turned up in her hands on the day her daughter was born--which is also how Emily got her name). However, Emily really doesn't like poetry. She'd rather be a romance writer--she wants happy endings for everything and everyone. She also wants to find her father (it's been just her and her mom for her whole life). She finally gets her mother to confess that she has written Emily's father's name in that Dickinson book--which has been accidentally given away to charity. With the help of a couple of friends, Emily begins to search the city to find that book that will lead her to her father.
This is a delightful middle grades read that truly reminded me of Judy Blume. There's a lot going on for both girls and boys (the friend's little brother is hilarious), and should make a great read for anyone 9-12. Or a big kid like me! ”