Every Crooked Pot by Renee Rosen
“Every crooked pot has a crooked top.” This is the encouragement Nina’s larger-than-life father offers her to boost her confidence. He also makes sure that Nina has the best treatment he can get her for the port wine stain that is in and around her eye. No matter what her father says, though, Nina is the one who has to face the kids that call her “Big Eye, Little Eye” in elementary school, and later in middle school when no one wants to be friends with the freaky girl. This story has the feel of a memoir, and in fact much of it is based on the author’s life. The 1970’s setting and topics like losing virginity and life after high school give this teen novel crossover appeal to adults who are interested in looking back on these aspects of childhood and young adulthood. I felt a distinct nostalgia as I read.
Recommended to older teens or adults who are in the mood for a thoughtful read about a girl discovering who she is in relation to the way she looks and the way her family is.