The Sharp Time
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job a...more
Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at the Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds a kindred spirit in her coworker, Bradley, a boy struggling with his own secrets....more
This was a great book! It happens over the course of a week and there is so much in this story.
The MC, Sandanista, named after the Clash album, has recently lost her mother and so is now living on her own (she is 18-a senior in HS). The book tells us about a day at school when her alegbra teacher attacks her verbally and phsically, by kicking the desk Sandinista is sitting in. Thus begins our story.
Sandinista walks out of class and out of sc...more
Yes, she should be in school, but the school has let he...more
Sandinista is one of those characters who will stick with you forever. Her mother, the one person she had a connection with, died in...more
Coworker Bradley quickly takes a liking to Sandinista, and the two of them spend a week together sharing their secrets with one another (fully and not-s...more
Review to come :)
Sandinista is a defiant, searching, sarcastic, dark, and open-minded spirit. She’s a spec that’s seizes to exist, yet her irrelevance makes her the most important aspect of “The Sharp Time.”
“The Sharp Time,” begins with Sandinista’s job “interview” for her favorite vintage clothing store, if you can even call it that. She’s shooed away from the store, and asked to write about why she deserves the job. Any other person I know, might’ve come back the next...more
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
"The Sharp Time" by Mary O'Connell is a work of fiction about a high school senior who has just lost her mother and is thrown into the world of real-life and taking care of herself. When her math teacher humiliates her in front of her entire class, she is forced to think about who really cares about her and who she really cares about. Through the help of a new friend and a special possession, she begins to find the person she knows she needs to be.
I was h...more
Meet Sandanista Jones, a lonely girl with a broken heart. On Monday morning, Sandanista walks out of her high-school and finds herself a job at The Pale Circus, a quirky vintage clothing store. Isolated since her mother's death, she struggles to find a place to belong. She makes friends with a fellow employee equally flawed and hurting, and struggles with her own pain and the pain of others around her. As she tries to cope, Sandanista prepares herself to carry out a violent act of revenge. O'Con...more
Even though the book...more
I'm not going to lie though, there were some flaws in the writing. O'Connell almost made it seem that Sandinista, the main character was insane and made the book confusing and clouded at times. The use of repetition was used so much that I...more
And look at me: My mother gave me a punk-rock name, but my spirit is composed of elevator music: Tra-la-la-la./Don’t mind me./I’m a nice girl./I have good manners./I’ll not bother you./Tra-la-LA!
Mary O'Connell's The Sharp Time is a unique, quiet novel that sneaked up on me.
I credit Trish Doller with my discovery of The Sharp Time, as she posted about it on her (fabulous, must-follow) Tumblr, and since I adored Trish's book (my...more
This book isn't at all like L'Engle in style or in its characters, but it IS like L'Engle in that it's about love (and not romance) in a messed-up world.
The characters are well-drawn and believable, and even...more
First, there’s the heroine’s name: Sandinista Jones. Next, you’ve got the frothy sweet vintage couture she wears to her job at The Pale Circus. And did I mention her teenage crush on the boy with a tiny crucifix tattooed to the pad of his thumb?
Much has been made of the fact that O’Connell is a graduate of the same Iowa Writer’s Workshop that produce...more
This book took forever to read. It's short enough that I would normally have finished it in a few hours, but it took me a week to finish instead.
And the thing is, I'm not sure why. It wasn't an awful book. It just... wasn't very interesting. I felt like there wasn't anything going on in the book. Sandinista was caught up on the same thing throughout the entire book, and it got annoying. So, don't waste your time on this book. Find a better realistic fictio...more
This book is made entertaining by the cast of characte...more
Since the death of her mother a few months before, Sandinista has been on a slow downward spiral and a haunting incident involving her, Alecia Hardaway, and their teacher Catherine Bennett has pushed her closer to the edge. Getting a job at the Pale Circus, a vintage clothing store, with Bradley and the store's owner Henry helps her and getting to know other business owners on the same street does too, but that might not be enough. If she can't conquer her...more
The one aspect I really liked was the waiting. How Sandinista constantly checked her messages, waiting for someone to notice that she wasn't there, and to notice what happened. When someone finally did call her, the book ended, and we don't get to see what happens, which kind of upset me.
The writing is what carries the novel. Even when I was confused and didn't know what was going on,...more