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A Spark Before the Fire

it was amazing 5.0  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Jimmy Groome never really believed that his life was worth anything. An overweight and unpopular teen, it takes a suicide attempt to bring a traumatic childhood experience into sharp focus. With some encouragement from family and a counselor, Jimmy picks up a guitar and it quickly becomes obvious that he has a natural talent. After losing weight and joining a band, Jimmy ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published October 24th 2011 by (first published October 1st 2011)
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Susan Rodgers
Apr 04, 2013 Susan Rodgers rated it it was amazing
What I found most interesting about this book was the opportunity to follow Jimmy on his journey from grade five through the heady years of adolescence and on past high school to find a loving relationship and a band he could believe in. As a reader I was able to experience the evolution of his character through those important years, which helped to understand why he made the choices he made. He was well drawn and finely tuned, realistically portrayed, and the author wasn't afraid to show both ...more
E.J. Bouinatchova
May 11, 2014 E.J. Bouinatchova rated it it was amazing
The premise of this story is pretty straightforward - an awkward young man gradually morphs into a rock star - but the delivery is just incredible. Mima is a heck of a writer: she sucks you into the story as easily as if you were in this young man's skin, feeling all those familiar pains of growing up. But this is no gushy teenage story: the main character's trials are dark and difficult. He struggles with trauma, low self worth, isolation, despair, numbness, and all kinds of rebellion before ...more
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