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View from a Kite

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"I must admit that when I first started losing weight I was pleased. I dropped from a pudgy 125 down to 118 in a month, and kept on going. By the time they hauled me off to the sanatorium, a feverish, weepy, 90-pound weakling, I was out of love with elegant bones and scared that I was coming out through my skin."

Shortlisted for the 2007 CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Awa
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Nimbus Publishing (CN) (first published March 2006)
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Rebecca McNutt
As always I love finding CaperLit books, and View from a Kite discusses an often unpleasant yet important part of Cape Breton's past. At a hospital overrun with patients during the mid-20th century, a girl with tuberculosis experiences friendship, romance, death and growing up as she practically lives within the confining walls ever since her mother was shot in the head by her mentally-unstable father. This book was excellent, but unfortunately I think it ended rather too abruptly, and the crude ...more
This book is not a cheesy "insprational" book that sounds like a Disney script.It dosent have rainbows and unicorns and happily ever afters.Its honest and raw and moving.Gwen is a heroine that I actually felt I could relate to.She was funny and smart,and she didn't put up with any crap.She didn't sit around whining,waiting for her prince to come and save her.She saved herslf,by writing in her journal and keeping her illness from taking over her life.She was real.
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If you're tired of books set in hospitals featuring angelic, suffering heroes and inspirational, empowering YOLO or carpe diem style endings, this is a book for you. The characters are real and believable. The medical information in the book was also interesting.
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