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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a heartwarming story that brings you back to the life of a middle schooler. As a teacher, I can say that most students worry about two-three things: grades, crushes, and maybe sports. Rourke was trying to make this his perfect year, but certain obstacles, like crazy neighbors and the typical antics of middle school, made that somewhat difficult. What I loved about Rourke’s story is that it took us into the mindset of a young teen and made us realize that they actually do worry about more than just two-three things. Rourke has a lot of problems to deal with beyond his own, including the struggles of his sibling and classmates. Over time, I truly began to understand his worries. While I thought that this would be a fun and interesting read, I was not expecting the deep issues that this book so heartwarmingly covers. I highly recommend for people of all ages.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Jessica Heatherly

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rourke is in 7th grade and is riddled with anxiety. He’s got some mysterious neighbors, twin younger sisters, an autistic older brother, and parents who always say “it’s fine”. He is in a constant state of worry about different things but especially his brother. You’d think with this being a YA book geared towards middle school readers, it would be funny and lighthearted but it is definitely deeper than that. Although still a wonderful read for this age group, it is great for adults as well. It was a stark reminder that all of us have our own internal struggles, especially children. It’s so easy to think children live carefree but they have things in their everyday lives that can cause worry and anxiety just like adults. I definitely recommend this book for young and older adults. It really helps put some things into perspective.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Ashley Hasting

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rourke is going to start middle school. His brother is already there but with Autism. Sadly, his brother has been bullied without realizing, and now that Rourke, is going there, he will have a lot of responsibility put on him. This brings anxiety. Along with that, he worries for his friends and for himself at school. It’s an interesting read.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Jenny See

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book covers a lot of real life issues that most people don’t want to talk about or if they do, they gloss over it and don’t get to the heart of the issues. This book may not be a true story, but it is real for many families.
It’s a beautiful story about Rourke, a 12 year old, who suffers from anxiety. As with most kids his age he worries about fitting in at school, and girls (although his crush comes with extra worries). He also worries about his brother (who has ASD) and the responsibilities his parents give him to help care for his brother.
I recommend this book to people of all ages, not just young adults. It’s a wonderful story that shows that there’s nothing wrong with being imperfect and different.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Kaitlynn Taylor

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl

4-stars

This is truly a one of a kind read, a story that can be read by people of all ages, as a young mom I really enjoyed diving into Rourke’s world and my inner child enjoyed it too.

This story had me feeling so nostalgic, it brought me back to my time in middle school and the mindset of a preteen. Life can feel so overwhelming, with family challenges, drama with friends, confidence issues, body changes and of course feeling as if all these things are happening only to you. This author portrayed Rourke in the most relatable and real way, it really felt as if I was seeing things from his perspective.

I look forward to reading more from this author in the future and would absolutely recommend this book to any person, young or old.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by M Policicchio

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl

5 out of 5 Stars

This gripping story might be meant for the YA crowd but had me glued to my screen reading every last word. I felt what Rourke felt. I worried when Rourke worried. I nearly fell apart when he cried at the fire. I mourned the loss of Sam with Rourke. The author understood this young man. The care and concern shown by the author when discussing and handling Carson’s and Grace’s issues is phenomenal. The growth shown by Rourke during this book was fantastic.

Whether you are in middle school or were ever in middle school, have a special needs sibling, know a bully, or have friends, you should read this book.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Jerricka Brown

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was very entertaining. It opens eyes to the stress a middle schooler can experience. I honestly felt so many emotions while reading this. It is a great story for a child that feels anxiety in life. The characters were written beautifully. As an adult, I enjoyed it.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Kay Stritesky

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so captivating its hard to put into words how well the story is expressed. What is taken at first glance as a story geared towards young readers, The Worry Knot is a must read for all ages. To be so pulled into a story where every character is brought to life and the pages keep turning, The Worry Knot is truly a must read, cannot put down coming of age story!

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Cindy Mayberry

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the beginning of Rourke ‘ s 7th grade year. Middle school adventures are about to get started. Rourke’s mind was all over the place as he opened his worries. The girl, the crazy neighbor, and tragedy are what you will find in this story. An adventure for middle schoolers and older. Even the adults will enjoy this story. This author has taken a different look into this family. I felt like she was bringing forth the family dynamics with some insight. Autism, anxiety and beginning a new school year are only the topping of this story. A must read for parents as well as teens.

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Lyndsay withey

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know that I was ever able to put into words the angst I felt as a middle schooler quite as wonderfully as this author has. She has opened up a window into the minds of middles schools so perfectly. Rourke is about to start 7th grade and he is so excited for the best school year possible but things just aren’t going his way. Carson is his older autistic brother who just loves his younger brother. Rourke wants to be a great brother and protect Carson but he also wants to be a kid.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a middle schooler or ever went to middle school.

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