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Alison, Who Went Away

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Fourteen-year-old Susan (or, as she prefers to be called, Sybil) has been trying to reinvent herself ever since the mysterious disappearance of her older sister, Alison. Life has been very confusing since Alison left. Susan’s mother has become overly protective, fearful of losing another child. Her new school is not all bad, of course, but it is different and puzzling. Her ...more
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published March 26th 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lisa
Nov 03, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Reread it for the millionth time this year. I love this book. The voice feels very true to me--I WAS this teenager. If you like the nonstop sarcasm of the narrative voice in something like 'Speak' you might like this one, too.
Manami
Sep 09, 2009 Manami rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction, fiction
Normally, I love Vivian Vande Velde, but straying from her usual genre was not a good experience for me. Although the book was good, for teen realistic fiction, I really couldn't get into it. I felt that the characters and story plot though worked themselves out in a properly timed way, and the book was not sugar coated unrealistically. However, nothing truly wowed me. Maybe I'm just too old for this book :)
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Dec 04, 2015 Isabella rated it liked it
I liked this book, but it was not one of my favorites. I found the plot a little confusing and unclear. However, it did have a good message, and even though it was sad in many parts, I still enjoyed it. It is about a girl whose older sister ran away, and throughout the story we are learning why. I may reread this soon to see if I understand it any better than I did before.
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Aug 08, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Unlike most of Vande Velde's books, this is not fantasy. HIGHLY recommended, with a totally believeable ending.
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Apr 09, 2007 Mandy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
I really liked it. Not your typical plotline. I liked the unpredictability of it. It was sad at the end though.
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Jan 08, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Initial thoughts after reading (found in a notebook): What can I say? I love her books.
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It was believable but Vande does better in fantasy.
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for
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