Some Things That Stay
Tamara Anderson's father is a landscape artist who quickly tires of the scenery, so every year her family seeks out new locations for his inspiration. When the Andersons move to a farmhouse in Sherman, New York, in the spring of 1954, fifteen-year-old Tamara and her mother want to settle down and make i
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I liked how it ended; just like an ending to a diary - nothing fantastical or life changing, but just life goes on and we will have to see what happens next when she writes in a new diary. One thing to be warned is that it does have a fair amount of swearing and a...more
The writer's style is easy to read and paints a detailed description of where everything was set.
The main character Tamara is both lovable and completely annoying in a teenager way. I found myself wondering why she was such a bitch all the time and then remembered..."Oh yah, I was like that."
I would recommend this book for a plane trip but I probably won't remember it long enough to suggest it.
Basically it's a coming of age novel whereby an angry and attitudinal teen has to move all the...more
It is an easy read, the kind that just rolls over you.
A surprisingly good story about growing up, making connections, learning to love and dealing with loss. At times it seems like I've read every possible coming of age story at there. It's always a thrill to find an author who still has something to add to a genre that can feel tired and old.
I loved the characters in the story and really related to the feelings of loss Tamara experienced due to constantly moving... and I've never moved in my life. My senses were sparked by this book, I could see...more
The premise of this book was much better than the book itself, though I did appreciate the part where she was trying to explain to her dad that she needed feminine supplies- however, I was irritated she wasn't more resourceful- her dad told her something along the lines of "Everything will be okay". She responded with something like, "Easy for...more
This story centers on Tamara, a young woman living in rural Mayville, NY in the 1950’s. By the age of 14, she’s moved more times than she can count. Well, she can count them, but she’s not happy about the loose ends she always feels upon relocation. Once she realizes that the other kids in school have histories with their classmates and roots, she feels cheated and wants to settle down.
Her family is somewhat dysfunctional but very loving – her f...more
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Tonight, as I lie in bed, I start to cry because I once killed a frog. It's just a little cry, and I stop myself quickly.”