The Usual Rules
i liked this book a lot as it was a work of fiction. girl's mother works in the WTC and dies in the attacks. she lives with her step-father and half-brother, but after her mom dies, she goes to live with her dad in california for a while. people that help her heal come in and out of her life. a character i really liked that you usua...more
My only problem with this book was that the ma...more
BUT...Joyce Maynard's precise and poetic writing and controlled handling of this difficult subject made this an extremely valuable read.
Thanks to her poignant portrayal of all the characters and the situations they confront, this book will remain in my heart and memory. And Joyce Maynard's name is n...more
Joyce Maynard depicts every character, major or minor, with insight and sensitivity. Descriptions, conversations, and narration are consistent...more
I think because I experienced this event (via tv, not personally), I can relate to it so much more and really put the descriptions of happenings to the news reports I saw that day. It's amazing!
I have to put it down every once in awhile when reading it in a classroom--as I don't want to start crying over this little girl's tragedy. But definitely worth reading. My daughter is wanting to read it next. :)
This one was good too, but nothing as super-fantastic and near-perfection as "Labor Day".
This is about a 13 year old girl whose mother dies in one of the Twin Towers on 9/11. It's really about the aftermath of that, and how to move on from that and somehow come out with an optimistic attitude about the world after such a devastating tragedy.
I wish this rating thing had 1/2 stars...It's not quite a 4 for me, but it's definite...more
Since It's an Ill Wind, Indeed...deals with the same issues, but without 9/11, I can barely wait to find out how Wendy manages the next...more
On 9/11, Wendy’s mother was at her job on the 86th floor of one of the World Trade Centers. Wendy, who is 13-years-old, along with her step-father and little brother, can only hold out hope that her mother will be found. As time goes by, it becomes apparent that this will not be the case.
The story is told through Wendy’s eyes and it is very heartbreaking to read of the emotions she goes through. Wendy adores her little brother and h...more
It's about a family (mom, dad, sister, and brother) whose lives were turned upside down on September 11th. The story is told from the perspective of 13 year old Wendy, who's struggling to come to terms with her teenage years. Her parents were divorced when she was younger and her mother has si...more
I liked this book... We read it in my 9th grade English class... I didn't like the end... I wish we knew what Josh thought... I also didn't like that they didn't use person first language... That made me upset...
I thought it had a good meaning... and I liked the characters... I liked how they were so different... but they all meant the same thing to Wendy... She was always looking at a mother-child relationship... I also liked where she ended up... again, I wish that we knew how Josh felt... I...more
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He was still talking, but she wasn't even sure if it was to her.
When it started, he said, I thought nothing could be worse than those first days. And it wasn't only us, but everyone else you'd see, wandering around like they'd landed on a whole different planet. Instead of just dealing with your own heart getting ripped into pieces, wherever you looked you knew there were other people dealing with the same thing. You couldn't even be alone with it. Like you're out in the ocean and the undertow catches you and you start yelling for help, but then you look around, and all around you in the water for as far as you can see, there's all these other people flailing too.
He sat there for a moment, shaking his head.
You keep getting up in the morning and knowing this will continue maybe ten thousand more mornings. You wish you were the one who died.
How much better would that be?”