When her Grandma Haley warns her to shake the spiders from her shoes, Kim comes to understand those words can also apply to all the unhappy things that life has brought her.
Life hasn’t been kind to Kim Baylor. She’s fourteen going on old. After losing her dad seven years ago, life has gone downhill. Her mom’s drinking is taking a real toll on both their lives and Kim just wants to survive the chaos. Kim is dumped off at her grandma’s farm in small-town Manitoba for the summer, though she hasn’t seen her grandma since before her dad died. Life really starts to change—Kim finds Grandma Haley and her two odd friends aren’t the country bumpkins she’d thought they’d be.
Then life on the farm takes on a spooky twist with paranormal sightings and the legend of Rawlings Mannakee’s lost gold. With Jammer—her grandma’s huge black cat—at her side, she embarks on a summer filled with trying to understand the mysterious events at Haley’s farm, solving the mystery of the missing Mannakee gold and beginning her own process of healing from her mother’s destructive drinking.
As a young adult, currently I am 17 years old, I loved the story and the characters in it. The story follows a girl named Kim who is being dropped off at her grandma’s farm. Her mother, Lillian, and her boyfriend, Drew, are going out on a getaway that is for adults only.
Drew is painted as a guy who is caring toward Kim and tries his best to be good to her. Kim and Lillian do not have a good relationship and Kim is not wanting to stay at the farm. Right at the start, I was scared they were going to use the same cliche of the girl hating where she is until a big event happens. Thankfully, they don’t go that far into it, having enough to show her starting her transformation but before the big event happens.
Honestly, I love Kim’s transformation throughout the story and the ending of the book fit perfectly. Jez and Harry are talked about later on in the book and I love the two as characters. They seemed to be crazy but still caring which I loved. A part of me wishes there would be more about what happens after the summer or more what happens near the end of the summer. But honestly that is the only thing I could wish for the book to have. All the loose ends were tied up and made me wish for more from this author with these characters. So in the end, I hope the author carries on with these characters and maybe do another story, but even if they don’t, it is a great book that I would recommend to anyone.