Nyle's life with her grandmother on their Vermont sheep farm advances rhythmically through the seasons until the night of the accident at the Cookshire nuclear power plant. Without warning, Nyle's modest world fills with protective masks, evacuations, contaminated food, disruptions, and mistrust.
Nyle adjusts to the changes. As long as the fallout continues blowing to the E...more
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December 2011: I got this book as a Christmas gift because my sister knew how much I loved this book and wanted a copy. I re-read this and loved it just as much now as I did back then. While it's juvenile fiction, nothing about it reads that way. It's a beautiful story of first love and loss under the bac ...more
This novel began in a family that only consisted of Nyle and her grandmother, because her father left her and both her mother and grandfather died. Nyle is a teenage girl that lived in a house next to her farm with sheeps. She also have a best friend, short but strong named Munice. Since shes in a farm, the most deadly thing that can wipe out the entire farm is radiation. Thats what resulted in her meeting Ezra, a boy that was sicken by radiation and had to move to her house along ...more
It's the story of a girl who lives near a nuclear power plant. There's an accident, and her family must take in a survivor who's essentially dying of leukemia. As fate would have it, this survivor happens to be a young boy who is just what this girl is not looking for, someone to help her realize wh ...more
Karen Hesse just blew me away in these pages, coupling multiple storylines that are all equally compelling and heartrending. The pacing is quiet and perhaps understated, but the emotions all ring true and very powerfully, throughout the entire book all the way to the breathtakingly engineered climax and ending. No pr ...more
This was a very good novel about the power of love and the importance of letting go. I really liked Nyle's interactions with Ezra, especially the way she motivated him to move on and get better, but still understood that he would,eventually have to leave. I was not surprised by the ending at all; this was another Chekhov's gun ending; elements were introduced very early that could only be important for the way the novel ended. I thought that the themes of acceptance that ...more
First of all the story is generic for young adults but also a fast yet easy read that will grasp your attention from page one to ...more
I gave this book 5 stars ...more
How I loved Ezra! He was so flawed, and yet absolutely awesome. You'll love him too, if you read it!
As for Nyle, she never states her personality. She doesn't say: "I'm girly" or "smart". She just lets you figure things out on your own. You'll find that she's strong, independent, and protective, while still being weak deep inside, dependent, and wishing for a protector.
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