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The Opposite of Love

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Madge is biraccial and her light brown skin has made her feel like an outcast, until she spends a week with her cousin in New York City. There she befriends a small boy with skin the color of her own and no one to care for him. On impulse, Madge takes the boy back home with her. Ultimately, she finds that caring for a child isn’t easy, and neither is finding a middle ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Viking Juvenile
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This book ended up being a lot more intense than I expected. The pretty cover caught my eye at the library. I read the inside flap and it said the book was about biracial teen from small town Pennsylvania. I assumed the book would be about the racial discrimination and identity issues she faces. The inside cover also mentioned that Madge, the main character, impulsively takes a 4-year-old neglected boy home with her when she visits New York. I sort of assumed that the "kidnapping" would not be ...more
Canice Johnson
This book has Madge a biracial teenager who lives in a predominantly white Pennsylvania town with her white mother and has not ever met her Jamican dad. She feels like she is out of place and is always being treated bad because of her race. While on vacation in New York city Madge discovers a 4 year old orphan and decides to bring him home with her. Her Aunt Liz who takes care of her when her mother is not around accepts Timmy and says that she will help to raise him. Madge learns alot from her ...more
Oct 15, 2007 Glenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Helen Benedict has a gift for how family speaks; the short-hand, the barbs that are not meant to wound--too much--and the depth of concern undimmed by time and distance. She also nails how adults confidently, often erroneously assume they know exactly what kids are thinking. There's a child's sense of not being in control, of being held hostage by the faults and choices, good and poor, made by the adults in their lives. And how kids sometimes view the adults as sorely lacking in the very ...more
Adriana Newell
This book is about a teenage girl that live an outcast life. Madgy is half black half white, her dad is not in the picture and her mom dissapears occasionaly. Madgy lives in a small town with very few friends. She gets called names, and played jokes on. One day Madgy life takes a turn when she commits a crime but for all the right reasons. This crime makes her realize everything thing in her life isn't about her.

This book is about relationships with the people around you, your family. This book
Aug 01, 2012 Yasmeen rated it liked it
A good initial concept I think - but really didn't work for me. Near the end all I a could think was how whiny, annoying and childish the main character was, I mean don't get me wrong I do like some things about her but eventually she just started to bore me and get on my nerves. I also felt the book lacked a clear message - there were some good things like 'the opposite if love is not hate but indifference' and her kindness with Timmy - its true most people talk a lot about doing good but never ...more
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Mar 28, 2009 |Lala| :) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everybody =]
....half black, half white: and in a black and white world. Madge says shes exactly that. Madge was raised by her 'criminal' mother who has been in and out of jail so many times. Her mom is from England and her estranged father whom shes never met is from Jamaica. Madge has always had a hard time in her small Pennsylvania town of all whites, leading to friendships with a small amount of people. The on a vistit to her cousin's, Bob, Madge takes home Timmy, who she cares for and her family gets ...more
Apr 05, 2008 Cathy rated it liked it
Madge has grown up in a small town in Pennsylvania where she is the only black person. Her mom is an ex-con, and living illegally in the U.S. The only solid adult in her life is her aunt Liz who runs a beauty parlor. Then when visiting her cousin in New York she sees a young kid in the park sprain his ankle. She is directed to his home by another kid. The boy's situation is bad and Madge feels bad leaving him with the man who answers the door. Eventually she return to NYC to see the boy and ...more
Apr 12, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-reality
Overblown crazy "problem" novel. Deals with issues of romance, racism, being bi-racial, drugs, prison, deportation, neglect and unrealistically stealing or "adopting" a child and trying to raise him on your own.

If you can suspend all disbelief, this is a great book to suggest for the ten who wants the crazy family drama book.
Mar 14, 2008 souffle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: polarjelly ,Jenni-soar
This was a great book about racial differences. Magde grew up in a greatly different environment and I believe that tats wat makes all the difference. It tells hte story of first love and how one should try ot make a difference in this world.. no matter how small
Jul 12, 2013 Devyn rated it it was amazing
it was a very sensual book and it touched on many
subjects that are close to me
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Recommended at the March WASHYARG meeting. Mixed race teen, kidnapping story. Sounds great.
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Helen Benedict is an award-winning novelist and writer of nonfiction. Her sixth and newest novel, Sand Queen, is to be published by Soho Press in August, 2011. The novel tells the story of a young female soldier and an Iraqi woman caught up in the Iraq War.

Publisher’s Weekly called Sand Queen “a thrilling and thoughtful new novel.” Booklist said, “Funny, shocking, painful, and, at times, deeply d
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