Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning, Danette Haworth's debut novel from 2008, is a delightful coming of age story that all former tomboys will want their daughters or granddaughters to read. Violet and Lottie are best friends who play in the woods together and do all the tomboy things they like until Melissa Gold moves to town. Melissa comes from Detroit and is a "priss" according to Violet. She doesn't like Melissa one little bit and she really doesn't like the idea that Lottie finds Melissa fascinating. Melissa opens up Lottie's world to makeup, movie stars, and the desire for her first bra. Feeling jealous and abandoned, Violet tries to sabotage their new friendship.
I personally enjoyed relating to Violet, being a former tomboy and watching my other friends become interested in girl stuff a year before me. But what's great about this little jewel, is that there will be other girls who will relate to Lottie and Melissa. The new girl in school will understand Melissa trying to make friends and how painful that can sometimes be. The designated BFF of someone will understand Lottie's desire to have more than one best friend and wishing they would get along.
Danette Haworth has the skill to create memorable characters who draw readers in and invite them to become a part of the story not just an onlooker.
I coudn't find this book in a bookstore and had to order it so I really hope it is available in school and city libraries because it's much too good to be overlooked.