The Possibility of Fireflies
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The Possibility of Fireflies

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I am sitting on my front stoop. I think it's about midnight. I was busy reading up until an hour ago, but my eyes started to hurt from squinting. Now it's just me and the waiting.

It's 1987 and fourteen-year-old Ellie Roma doesn't have much of a family. She lives with her mother, who has taken a break from parenting; and her older sister, Gwen, who is on her way to becoming...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published December 4th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 3rd 2006)
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Summer
It baffles me and plagues my soul that a book full of insipid ridiculous drivel like Anna and the French Kiss, horribly and obnoxiously written, can garner so many gushing reviews...and a book like The Possibility of Fireflies, so tender, real, raw, evocative and beautiful, and bursting with important, life-changing truth - can be brushed over in comparison. I don't get it. I fell in love with Ellie's voice and spirit, her vulnerability and intense openness to life, beauty, and love. I was rivet...more
Netty
I loved this book the ending made me cry and this book is a swirl of emotion throughout the whole thing adn i cant wait for the movie or the sqeuel!!!
Yanire
This book hit close to home. Ellie's childhood was like mine in so many ways. It brought back memories I'd tried to bury. Sigh.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

Every so often a book comes along that is so good it feels more like it grew than it was written, like it came into being through its own sheer force of will. That is exactly how I feel about this book.

Ellie Roma is a freshman in high school. She has her fair share of normal high school problems; she hates school, she only has a few friends, she`s insecure about the way she looks, her sister seems like she's become an alien, etc. Ellie's got some...more
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i was reading reviews on this book and i was almost turned away, I'm so glad i didnt though. so yeah ok there are a lot of bad words in here but come on i hear them all the time on the t.v., in the streets, even my sister, 10, hears the b-word from her peers, at school! I'm not saying its OK in fact parents need to monitor that a LOT more. but this book calls for using bad language it makes the story all the more believable. let face it when we fight we say thing that are mean and hurtful. the l...more
Stephanie
I really loved the heroine's voice in this book. I loved her ability to laugh even though her life was a mess. All of the 80's references helped me identify with her even more. This is a must read.
Abby
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Adriana
Highly recommended read about a girl named Ellie. The story is set in the 80's in Maryland. Ellie and her sister Gwen live with their newly single mom who spends most of her time culminating her bitterness, drinking, dating, sleeping, and sometimes lashing out at her daughters, especially Gwen who likes to push her buttons. Ellie's character is extremeley likeable - she is funny, honest, down-to-earth, insightful, and hopeful, reminding me of "Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man" or "Shug" by Jenny Ha...more
Megan Huang
This is a young adult novel that really got to me. For starters, I'd like to say that I love time period that this story is set in. The vintage back drop-- Leo's rock band, Gwen's bad girl act,wild late-night concerts-- really makes me want to be a part of the '80s. Furthermore, I found Ellie to be a very endearing character simply because she is more of a loner and is in that awkward teenage stage. I admire her confidence because she pursues Leo, even though she is a few years his junior (to pu...more
amymarie
I met Dominique Paul at a local event and she was really dynamic, super friendly and down to earth. She even gave me and my sister her own copy of Fireflies that she read from during her talk and signed it for us when they sold out of her books.

Fan-girl crush aside, this was a good read. Ellie is the type of character that you feel instantly drawn and connected to. It's easy to relate to her and her story. I also thought it was fun seeing local places mentioned and knowing just what she means a...more
Jamie
I'm so sad that I've finished reading this book. I'm trying to read another book and cannot get this book out of my head. Reading seems not as pleasurable now.
Jennifer
I bought this book thinking it was going to be great. It was alright in the beginning. But I found it very odd. And it wasn't that great. It was an easy read but the ending wasn't all that great either, and you sit there thinking i read all of this for what?

To put it simply there are better books to read.
Emily
This book is about a 9th grade girl who has a very troubled home life. The book focuses on how she finally learns to deal with her troubles. The book made me sad for the girl, but I enjoyed reading her story and following her through her experiences. It was a quick read. . .I finished it in about 3 days.
Kate Brown
"The Possibility of Fireflies" tells the heart-wrenching story of 14-year-old Ellie and her struggles with her emotionally abusive and neglectful mother. Ellie and her older sister, Gwen are essentially taking care of themselves after their dad leaves and their mom begins going out every night drinking. Gwen is also starting to party and use drugs as a way to escape the horrors of home. Ellie has no one to turn to until she meets her 20-year-old neighbor, Leo. Leo may just be the person to help...more
Kim Schell
I love YA novels; can't wait to see the movie version. A fourteen year old female narrator tells the story of how her and her older sister navigate their teenage years with their hard-partying, promiscuous, abusive mother. Set in the 80s, which makes it a super-cool book.
Sam
I thought this book was a really good book because there was a lot of what will happen or why did this happen. The only thing I didn't like about this book it doesn't talk more about what happened at the end.
Jocelynne Broderick
Easy read, fun 80's memories mixed throughout (like what they wear and stuff). Kept me interested and that means good. lol And of course, an evil mom. But all moms are evil when you're 14, right? ;)
Alli
Mar 23, 2010 Alli rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone over 12 or 11 ish
this is my favorite book that's out there because it's so real and not some huge made up story. Things like this happen in real life and this shows exactly my feelings if i were in ellie's position
Briana
this book is very interesting. i would reconomend it to any girl. it is more of a girl book. a girl has lots of problems she cant figure out why everyones life is better than hers.
Laura Mcnerney
Great book. I come from a broken home as well, and my parents are divorced. This book shows how even when you lose all hope things can get better, and things do work out for a reason.
Jeana
I love Domi. This book takes me back to my childhood and I can see myself in so many of these characters. I highly recommend this coming of age book and all its possibilities.
Charis
Well-written, balanced perspective of a neglected childhood, with some hope at the end.
Ashley
Its a really good book and my sis. loved it so much she read it in a few hours.
Lokelani Yee
I loved this book from beginning to end. I can't wait to see the movie.
Kayla
This is the book that got me into reading.
Its such a great book.
Crystal
this book is so amazing . i love the end of it so much !
Diane
This one was really good. A great finding yourself novel.
Jovita
I love it and wished so much that he went with her.
Karebear
SOUNDS SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!! I can't wait to read it!
Jessy
tells you to go out to get what u want.
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Dominique Paul grew up in a Maryland suburb just outside of Washington, D.C., and received her BA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. The Possibility of Fireflies, her first novel, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2006 to rave reviews. Kirkus Reviews hailed Fireflies as “sensitively written…immediately gripping and emotionally intense.” TeensReadToo.com raved,...more
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“Just then, a singly firefly flashes its light, then another. Within a minute the darkness is filled with fireflies, twinkling their silent melody. I think about all the people in the world, how each of us has a place where we belong. I wonder then what my place looks like. Because I am not there, and I am not sure I have ever seen it.” 16 likes
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