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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
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Paperback, 217 pages
Published December 4th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 3rd 2006)
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Summer
Dec 31, 2011 Summer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Yanire
Dec 07, 2012 Yanire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Netty
Feb 19, 2009 Netty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
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
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Abby
Jun 10, 2012 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Oct 22, 2009 ♪♫_Journey_♫ ♪ rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 01, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Megan Huang
Apr 26, 2013 Megan Huang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate Brown
Apr 02, 2015 Kate Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
"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
amymarie
Aug 23, 2011 amymarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emily
Nov 08, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jennifer
Feb 25, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sophie
Mar 05, 2016 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, teenager
My copy of this book is so worn from reading it cover to cover time and time again. Not an average, stupid "teen novel." Loved the characters and description. Loved the 80's setting. Loved the simplicity of the writing itself, and how it still managed to make me so emotional. Really rooted for Ellie, because she just felt so much like myself.
Sam
Nov 08, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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? ;)
Kim Schell
Apr 27, 2008 Kim Schell rated it it was amazing
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.
Alli
Mar 23, 2010 Alli rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jeana
Nov 26, 2011 Jeana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Laura Mcnerney
Oct 07, 2011 Laura Mcnerney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Briana
Nov 13, 2008 Briana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Diane
Sep 04, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was really good. A great finding yourself novel.
Jovita
Nov 05, 2010 Jovita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it and wished so much that he went with her.
Karebear
Oct 29, 2007 Karebear rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SOUNDS SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!! I can't wait to read it!
Charis
Feb 06, 2008 Charis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written, balanced perspective of a neglected childhood, with some hope at the end.
Lokelani Yee
Jun 26, 2012 Lokelani Yee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from beginning to end. I can't wait to see the movie.
Melanie
Sep 20, 2008 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is my favorite book ever!!
Crystal
Feb 03, 2009 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is so amazing . i love the end of it so much !
Jessy
Nov 25, 2009 Jessy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
tells you to go out to get what u want.
Kayla
Jan 17, 2010 Kayla rated it it was amazing
This is the book that got me into reading.
Its such a great book.
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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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