Book Review: Faith, Hope, And Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up

This book is one that is extremely dear to me because I won it a few years ago at a reading competition! The subject of this book is also an exchange program between schools, which is really intriguing to me because I’ve never participated in one (our school has exchange programs for all languages except Spanish). A fantastically written book about experiencing life in another person’s shoes, it brings to light a lot of the things that we take for granted in our lives.


Ivy June and Catherine are two girls who live in wildly different places. Ivy June lives in a relatively small house with her numerous relatives and crosses a rickety bridge to walk to school everyday. Catherine lives in a small mansion with only a few other people and has her own room and bathroom.

When the two girls are chosen for an exchange program, neither expects how difficult it will be to adapt to the other’s lifestyle. They make fun of the way that the other lives, without realizing the struggles that each of them go through on a daily basis.

But when something terrible happens to Ivy June’s family, she needs someone to be there for her, and Catherine just may be that person.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

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