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Rites Of Spring

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This debut novel set in the music world captures the pressures and dangers of contemporary family life. The book describes the point of view of a 13-year-old girl whose life is falling apart and nobody notices.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2006)
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Oct 01, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Duchen has hit the bookshelves running with a debut novel that most of her audience can relate to. The story is about family life, marriage, partnership, understanding, coping with the death of a parent and those living as well as a young family whilst juggling a career. Does this sound familiar? Yes!
Adam the only son of Jewish parents, brought up by a controlling mother and a father who lives by old fashioned values, believing that the world was a better place when he was young. Sasha
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Jun 06, 2010 Aly (Fantasy4eva) rated it liked it
Shelves: uk-bookish-love
My Thoughts - When I took this book home I was taking a chance really. I knew. Either I would like it or I wouldn't. I mean, there was no sign of the hot bad boy wooing the pretty innocent lonely girl? so if this was going to keep me entertained it better be good.

As soon as I started it, it just seemed to flow so smoothly which I knew was a great sign! I've read books like Shiver and Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side. Books I have been waiting for so long yet I have felt so let down by.
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Aug 25, 2013 Tamsin Burley rated it it was amazing
I've owned this book for a number of years now. I don't remember why or when I picked it up, but I know I've read it many times, with it even accompanying me to University each term.

I couldn't say exactly what the draw is; I have read other books about ballet, dysfunctional families and angst ridden teenagers (admittedly, not all in the same book!) yet few draw me in as much as Rites of Spring. Perhaps it is the numerous references to Stravinsky's work, perhaps it is my ability (even now, as an
Mar 26, 2011 Milly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those interested in heart-breaking yet inspiring stories.
I've read this book for the first time when I was on holiday in 2008, and the story made me cry and also inspired me to appreciate what I have. I never bothered to write down the title or the author,so when I got home I was heartbroken, not being able to find this book as I wanted to own my own copy. It was last year, that I actually managed to find it, after two years! Managed to google some parts of it that i remembered and bought my own copy straight away.
Still love it!
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Jessica was born in London. She first tried to write a novel at the age of 12 and found much encouragement from a distinguished author and a literary agent. After studying at Cambridge, she worked as an editor in music publishing and magazines for ten years.

Her latest novel, Ghost Variations, is based on a true incident in the 1930s: the bizarre rediscovery of the long-suppressed Schumann Violin C
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