Five Stars for R. Jetleb’s debut novel – What About Hailey?
“What About Hailey?” is the debut novel of R. Jetleb. It is the heartwarming story of Hailey and her little brother, Dylan, and their journey to find a ‘forever home’ after the tragic loss of their parents.
Jetleb tells the story with simplicity and a full understanding of the way an eleven-year-old girl might think and react to her circumstances. Hailey is frustrated. Life has not dealt her a secure hand. Not only have they lost their parent’s due to a tragic car accident, which threw her and Dylan into the seemingly never-ending cycle of foster homes, but both children have medical challenges to deal with.
The problems do not end there, though. Hailey develops an ‘attitude’ – her little brother, despite his issues, is still cute, and lovable. Hailey is sure, if they were to be fortunate enough to find a ‘forever family,’ the family would only want Dylan. Who would want an eleven-year-old with a short fuse – a gigantic attitude?
“What About Hailey?” is a must read, geared to ages eight to fourteen; however, it is a story that any age can embrace and enjoy. I did, and I am well past the target audience!