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This Is Graceanne's Book: A Novel

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  200 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The story is told by a nine-year old boy, Charlie, who observes with an encompassing awe a pivotal year in the life of his older sister Graceanne. She's loud, intellectual and a ruthless physical and psychological daredevil, a girl whose ferocious exploits are the stuff of local legend and the stuff of all that Charlie aspires to be. He narrates Graceanne's painful passage ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 22nd 2001 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1999)
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Rayna Thomas
This book is about a boy who looks up to his older sister Graceanne. Graceanne and her brother have an abusive mother. Graceanne is becoming a young woman and she is going through rough times in her life. Eddie is the mother and she is in poverty right now which is causing her to abuse Graceanne.This book will make you have so many different strong emotions towards the characters and the whole story. I didn't really like the mom she was always in a weird state of emotions and it just confused me ...more
Alley
Deep breath. I just finished this one and it was a wonderful example of stellar storytelling. A lot of times when I'm reading a novel I'll be aware of certain literary devices and am constantly conscious that I'm reading "a book" created by someone. With this one I was so enmeshed in the story and was constantly amazed at how very real and fleshed out the characters were, even the minor ones. So much happened in the book and at the same time so little happened. So much changed and again, so litt ...more
Rosanne
I have mixed feelings about this book. The story is a difficult one about the coming of age of a young girl as told by her younger brother. The children in this novel are charming, but their lives are made difficult by both poverty and a mother who is psychotically cruel. Most of the mother's wrath is directed at Graceanne who comes up with as many coping mechanisms as she can. Her most favored safe harbor is writing in a book she keeps hidden under the bed. I wish there had been some greater ch ...more
Jodie
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the sibling dynamics and the way the book is narrated by Graceanne, a young girl. The end made me cry.
Jasmine
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Cindy Taylor
Really liked this book. It's another coming of age story, along the lines of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "Glass Castle". Poverty, abuse, racism, siblings loyal to each other out of a need to survive. Seen through the eyes of a ten-year old boy, Charlie, the fiery personality of his sister Graceanne is a source of fascination and a little envy. When sparks ignite between Graceanne and their flint-hearted mother, Graceanne escapes into her diary, written as imaginative fiction. Charlie inadvert ...more
Carmen Rodrigues
Beautiful, moving, and haunting. So haunting that more than a decade after reading, I still think about this novel frequently. It's not an easy read, but that's because it's so heartbreakingly real. Highly recommend.
Erin
This book is of the currently popular theme of coming to age books. I particularly liked this one because it is set in MO near where I grew up so some of the locations are familiar to me from childhood. I also appreciated the tension that was maintained throughout the book, a subtle sense of impending doom always in the background but never really delivered. It created a nice drive to keep the story moving without being maladramatic. The ending is also well done and avoids the prettying up that ...more
Charlotte
When I ran across this book today, at first I couldn't remember reading it. However, when I read the review on the back of the book, I remembered the mood of the book and its main character. It is one of very few books I may want to read again. I think I first read it in 2007 since it was in a stack of books I read in 2007. Somehow I didn't get it entered on goodreads at that time.
Michele
I loved the characters in this book - three siblings who pick and each other and push each other's buttons, but love each other fiercely! They were so very real! The mom is just as real, but really is not a very sympathetic character. A great story about the complexity of family relationships and the determination of one very strong little girl.
Jacki
This book is disturbing and unless you enjoy reading about child abuse, I don't recommend it. The highlights of the book are unsettling. The ten-year old brother's narrative is fresh and innocent, but after so many pages, I found myself yawning.
Jacqueline Burke
Moving story...I had a bit of trouble with the dialogue which sometimes read like an old comedy routine, but once I got used to the patter, I could begin to get to know the characters. I quickly fell in love with them.
Karen
Didn't think I'd make it past the first chapter. Then I can't put it down!!! To quote Harry Smith, host of A&E's Biography (From the back of the book) "What a story!..Man, what great stuff!"
Duckyday
Though tough to continue at times, I enjoyed this book. I felt I really knew the three siblings, and could feel the weather as well as the fears, strengths, and yearnings of the characters.
Megan
Every now and then the book gods smile on you, and help you find a little known book in a dusty corner of the library. I can't believe I hadn't heard of this book before. I absolutely loved it.
Paula  from Reading Lark
This book has stayed with me for several years. . . it's hauntingly bittersweet, and feels like such an honest telling of how people survive what would break so many others.
Sarah
I do not deal well with abuse. It's not that I wish to deny that it happens, it just upsets me too much to hear or read about it. If you are like me, avoid this book!
Brandy
This book was just ok, it too me almost a week to read it. I felt like it was very slow and was sort of the same thing over and over again.
Barbara
I read this book awhile ago but I have never forgotten Graceanne, a highly gifted child with spirit despite an abusive family.
Jill
A coming of age story that prompted me to sit down with my grandmother and parents to ask a lot of questions...
Lois
This was a fast and engaging read. I would like to rewrite the ending, however. I did not feel it had a resolution.
Ronnie
I enjoyed this book but it distured me, too. Abuse on any level is unacceptable.
Donna Bijas
Story of abusive mother and a young daughter chronically her life. Sad story.
Bunny O'Reilly
A book that belongs on every teenage girl's bookshelf.
Katie
While slightly disturbing, a FANTASTIC story.
Sunny
Just a book I found at a booksale. It's not bad.
Barbara
I loved this book....
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