A Certain October
Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it’s true that Scotty’s friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accid...more
Scotty stays busy with her friends and family and taking care of Keone, her autistic little brother. A terrible accident kills a new friend of Scotty's and puts her brother in a coma. Scotty blames herself.
That's pretty much it. We get to know Scotty and her friends, then we experience the terrible accident and go through Scotty's turmoil afterwards.
The book is very short and quickly read, howe...more
Contains: African-Americans, autism, gay couple
The book focuses on family and friends, Scotty's families and their differences to the vanilla-life of Scotty, or more specifically the tofu life, and the family in which Scotty must help take c...more
A Certain October by Angela Johnson (YA)
I have enjoyed Johnson's books The First Part Last and Heaven and A Certain October kept that streak going....Scotty is in a train crash with her friend Kris and her younger autistic brother Keone. Scotty feels responsible for all that happens after the crash and tries to heal--inside and out. This is a good, quick read that has elements of teenage romance, humor and characters that one will care about.
It's a sad story, but the way Scotty deals with death is through appreciating the little things going on in her life. She takes steps forward, but once in a while is knocked ba...more
I don't necessarily like this type of writing. I guess that's why I struggled when I read Old Man and the Sea and all of Angela Johnson's other novellas (because, let's face it. Most of her books are really short).
But perhaps tolerance to a form of writing different from long, winding, descriptive paragraphs, comes w...more
In a nutshell: Scotty gets into an accident that puts her little brother in a coma. She’s trying to deal with getting back to normal teenager life and her brother’s injuries with him being in the hospital.
I liked this book because the emotions felt so real. For example, when Scotty visited her brother Keone in the hospital, it was so sad. I could also understand how Scotty felt around Jason because she really likes him and he makes her a little nervous.
The book chronicle's Scotty's life during the month of October when she is on a train and a boy she sort of new from school is killed in a terrible train accident, which also leaves...more
I have mad respect for anybody trying to protect the world from the worst of us. 53
Anna K's been sitting on my lap this whole time and I'm hoping it's filled with the truth about love and other diasters. 64
Damn. It's still the Midwest around here, no matter how many open-minded people you surround yourself with. 149
Notes from Mock Printz discussion: levels of superficiality and profound grief (sadness but worrying about Twinkies?) that the brother was autistic was just a fact didn't become an "...more
A tragic accident lands Scotty's brother in a coma and kills a classmate. She is used to sitting back and letting life happen to her. While mourning and recovering, she realizes her own power to make a difference reconciling relationships and beginning new ones. A coming-of-age story recommended for fans of Lauren Myracle and John Green.
Katie Z. / Marathon County Public Library
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The story itself is simple. Scotty and her autistic brother, Keone, are involved in a train accident which leaves Keone in a coma and one of Scotty's friends, dead. The plot revolves around how Scotty copes with the accide...more
The writing is a little stilted at the beginning, going between very proper English and street English, but that clears up (or the reader becomes accustomed to it) the more you read. The story is a fast read and reluctant readers...more
Also, can I say THANK YOU for having an African American on a YA cover? :)