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3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Realistic and involving, YAs will identify with Gustie and her wish to belong; the book should touch them and be popular. School Library Journal Gustie Blaine is 15 when she contracts meningitis and loses her hearing as a result. After struggling to adjust, she learns through her new boyfriend and his deaf brother about other deaf people and how they succeed.
Paperback, 171 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Gallaudet University Press (first published 1986)
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Apr 17, 2007 LARRY rated it it was ok
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I thought that *Belonging* was an ok book. This book dwelt too much on Gustie's dealings with her newfound deafness.

At 15, Gustie encounters spinal meningitis, which resulted with her being deaf. Of course, intially, she deals with this consequence with anger. Next, she deals with her fluctuating hearing loss by trying to lip-read and experimenting with a hearing aid.

At the same time, her friendship with Sara, Dana and others have have changed. They are sim
Sep 16, 2010 Gaile rated it liked it
I did not like it that the heroine in this book did not want to learn American Sign Language. By not doing so, she cut herself off from a rich and unique culture going all the way to Martha's vineyard for the U.S.A.
Mar 03, 2010 Mariama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mariama Camara
Belonging By Virginia M. Scott

This book is about a girl name Gustie that cought an illeness called meningitis witch left her right ear deaf. Things became hard for Gustie because she could no longer her well and she fell like there has been a wall between her and her friends and her feelings were bottled up and ready to explode. Gustie best friend Sara had no time to hang out with her because they did not have time for each other and Sara was ignoring her. As Gustie got use to
May 13, 2013 Nattie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story; as I usually enjoy books about teens who go blind or deaf. This one was written well.

I didn't understand Gustie's friend Sara's so-called problems at all. The way she turned on Gustie her best friend of ten years was just sickening. From day one after Sara found out her "friend" had been sick, she didn't seem to care about Gustie's condition. All she cared about was that she had to repeat herself. She also began to feel like Gustie was pretending to get attention. What an
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Nov 16, 2016 Emily Beach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suggest everyone read this book if you are interested in school and how people bully each other. This book is about a girl who has tons of friends but then soon goes deaf and all of her friends talk about her and leave her. She starts to feel back and goes to therapy to get help. It made me emotional because I don't like when people talk about each other. It makes me upset. If you like upsetting books, read this.
Kimberley Shaw
Not a bad handling of an important topic (mainstreamed late-deafened schoolkid). The author reworks and improves upon the core of this novel in her later book, "Balancing Act". Happily, there is much more d/Deaf YA experience described in novels now! For some examples: "5 flavors of dumb" by Anthony John, "Deaf child crossing" by Marlee Matlin, and yeah, I'll be honest, my own "A Handful of Spells".
Apr 17, 2010 Georgia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good. It is one of the books closest to real life. I say this because what happened to the main character in this book could happen to anyone. I am not going to ruin this book for anyone who wants to read it but basically it is about a girl who "had it all". She had the best life. She was a cheerleader and was popular. Something occurred in her life which caused her to realize who were her real friends.
Feb 08, 2011 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book is WAY dated and reads more like a public service announcement than a novel. I'm sure it was great for kids in the 1980's, but I'm probably going to weed it from my school's collection now. I wish I knew of a good YA fiction book about being deaf that I could replace it with, though.
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