Today I finished a great book called Dear Julia. Dear Julia is about a sixteen year old girl named Elaine Hamilton. Elaine is very quiet, shy and timid. She really doesn't have any friends, and her family, (her five crazy brothers, her dad that is committed to doing yoga every day, and her mom who is an important congresswoman) are most the time, always busy doing their own things. The only thing Elaine really loves to do is cook. She loves to be in the kitchen, somewhere away from the high school drama and just be with her beloved pots and pans. Elaine is dedicated, and wants to master the arts of French cooking. Her idol is Julia Child, she truly adores her, she even has memorized most of the recipes in Julia's books! All the time since Elaine was six, she has been writing letters to Julia, asking how to cook this better, or what kind of knife to use to chop a certain kind of vegetable. The thing is Elaine never sent these letters to Julia, she just kept them safely tucked away in a wooden chest. Elaine, one day, meets a crazy upbeat friends named Lucida Sans, yes, the computer font. Lucida has always wanted to be famous for something, but nothing seems to suit her. Elaine and Lucida grow a friendly bond throughout the story, enjoying joyful times and tackling difficult problems together. In this wonderful story, Elaine finds out what she really loves and who she really is. And she realizes you can't do great things without hard work and of course a little spice sprinkled in.