There's only one way Shelby and her sisters can describe their mother: She's a sexpot. Helen Kimura collects men (and loans, spending money, and gifts of all kinds) from all over the country. Sure, she's not your typical role model, but she's also not just a pretty face and nail polish. She is confident and brave; she...more
as i review yet another book about spectacularly irresponsible parenting!! like Lullabies for Little Criminals, these four girls grow up with a parent blissfully ignoring their parental responsibilities in order to live in some sort of hedonistic wonderland. in lullabies, the relationship was drug-addled romping, where the two of them behaved like children together until it all came tumbling down. this book is less dangerous than that, but helen kimura isn't going to win any ...more
I'm not sure what to think of this. This author is either a hit or miss for me: either I love her book or I don't like it. But this one was just... bareable.
The writing was nothing special, but it hooked me in enough to continue reading it, and it was quite a short book so I was able to finish it in a few hours.
Four sisters in this book grow up under their irresponsible parent in an apartment somewhere in 1980s Chicago.
The neglecting parent is one cliche that I'm getting tired of tru ...more
This book is about this girl named Shelby and her family. Shelby is the oldest sister of the rest of her siblings. Her mother is always somewhat there for them. One day Shelby and her mother ended up talking about Shelby's father who is unknown. Then one day somehow everything goes downhill from there on t ...more
—Shelby, "Outside Beauty", P. 140
"Who wanted a long life if you were sad?"
—Shelby, P. 166
Cynthia Kadohata, a master of young adult literature, has once again displayed her stunning skills in this tightly woven, suspenseful, complex story that deals with all kinds of unconventional relationships and the way that our interconnectedness with those around us will profoundly affect our lives, whether or not the connections themselves ...more
13 year old Shelby has 3 sisters and a strong-willed ...more
Four half-sisters, the daughters of a very beautiful mother, are used to having different fathers and different men around. Helen (mom) doesn't want to settle down, nor does she believe that men want anything more than the perfect, beautiful woman. When she is in a bad car accident, the girls are sent to live with their fathers - and it seems that Helen has no one "type" for men. ...more
The most interesting and, I think, best-written parts are about Shelby getting to know her father, and I wish that had made up the bulk of the book. There was an especially intriguing comment thrown out that wasn't further developed that just hinted about how Jiro felt about having his daughter thrust upon him.
Jiro, Shelby, and Maddie were pretty well-develope ...more
Terima kasih kak Syl, sudah meminjamkan buku ini.
This story mainly takes place in Chicago, where they ar ...more
Four sisters, four different fathers, and a mother who is obsessed with her looks and the men who support their lives. It was interesting, but I guess I expected a bit too much from that plot, even though I knew the girls would soon split and end up with their respective fathers. I did enj ...more
*The relationship with the protagonist (Shelby) and her father. What happens when you're forced to live with someone you've only seen perhaps seven times in your entire life?
*Helen Kimura - I wanted to hate this woman because of her laissez-faire attitude towards life and making a living off of men (she i ...more
"Who wanted a long life if you were sad?"
"My mother had four daughters by four different men."
There's only one way Shelby and her sisters can describe their mother: She's a sexpot. Helen Kimura collects men (and loans, spending money, and gifts of all kinds) from all over the country. Sure, she's not your typical role model, but she's also not just a pretty face and nail polish. She is confident and brave; she lives life on her ow ...more
Anyway, kisahnya diceritakan dari sudut pandang Shelby, anak kedua dari Helen. Anak pertamanya bernama Marylin, anak ketiga Lakey, dan terakhir si bungsu Maddie. Mereka san ...more
As the title suggests, there ...more
1) The narrator's slow discovery that perhaps some of the things her mother taught her were not entirely right.
2) The relationship between the four sisters.
3) The tension of what was going to happen to Maddie under her father's care.
4) Basically, the last 1/3 of the book.
But there were other things that were bothersome or confusing:
1) The book was set in 1983, but the historical setting didn't really seem important.
2) Time passed somewhat stragely. I'm still trying to ...more
She spent her early childhood in the South; both her first adult novel and first children's novel take place in Southern states. Her first adult novel was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Her first children's book, Kira-Kira, won the 2005 Newbery Medal. Her first published s ...more