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Night Kites

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  178 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Erick knows the family code: "Family is first. Toe the line. Fit in." At Seaville High his life is tame, predictable - hanging out with his girlfriend, Dill, and his pal Jack. Then Erick falls in love with Nicki Marr. Nicki's sort of scary. She's 17 going on 25. Every word she says, every move she makes, seems seductive - and aimed right at Erick. But she's Jack's girl... ...more
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Published September 1st 1987 by Perfection Learning (first published 1986)
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Amy Rae
Feb 09, 2015 Amy Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Another careful, quiet, outside-in novel by M.E. Kerr, and to the surprise of no one, another M.E. Kerr I adored. I loved this, absolutely loved it.

Here, Kerr turns her sights on AIDS--and apparently, with this book, became the first YA author to write a character who gets the disease through his relationships with other men rather than accidentally through a blood transfusion. Peter Rudd, older brother to our protagonist, is appealing, with interests, drive, and purpose beyond "he has AIDS." He
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Jonathan Hutchins
Aug 29, 2011 Jonathan Hutchins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
How can the wonderful M.E.Kerr be so unregarded now in the UK? This is absolutely superb, with a rare poignancy and skill. Some episodes, some moments and phrases from her books have sunk into me and will never leave: Erick getting helplessly more lost, deeper and deeper into the relationship with Nicki Marr in this book: "Charlie drinks..." in 'The Son of Someone Famous': gabby, anxious Carolyn Cardmaker in 'Is That You, Miss Blue?': so many scenes and gestures and phrases from the first two 'F ...more
Tricia
Aug 30, 2014 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how the story unfolds, how there are parallel stories happening, but you don't realize it at first. There is so much sorrow and loneliness just under the surface. The ending was perfect.
Tree
Dec 30, 2008 Tree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat dated now, but a good read for an 8th grader coming of age in the 80s. The coolness of a character obsessed with Poe is exposed for the sham it is with the reality of then modern times.
Karen
Jun 16, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sexy heroine has a car crash embroidered on the back of her jacket, and one of the cars is a taxi! There are sex scenes! What do these two things mean? The best book of sixth grade, that's what!
P
Jun 11, 2010 P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Another one that was waaaay ahead of its time. About AIDS and its implications for families dealing with the disease. Very compelling.
Aurora Corsini
Dec 17, 2015 Aurora Corsini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nella provincia americana degli anni ’80, l’omosessualità è un peccato da nascondere e l’AIDS fa paura, davvero molta paura. Lo sperimenta in prima persona Erick, un diciassettenne come tanti, alle prese con le scelte per il futuro e desideri in contrasto con l’amicizia più profonda, quando scopre che suo fratello maggiore è malato.
Pete, scrittore che non riesce a terminare nessun libro, vive a New York ma è costretto a tornare a casa dopo che la malattia gli fa perdere lavoro e casa, confessand
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globulon
Not sure but I think this is the YA novel I read as a part of a 7th grade science project on AIDS. Don't remember much about but for some reason it calls out to be logged in the books-read list. I thought the plot was that the main character got AIDS from a blood transfusion but the plot synopses I found don't seem to support this. I also don't remember the plot about the girlfriend, so this might be another case like "The Pyramid" "Chrome Yellow" where I for no apparent reason get a book and ti ...more
Michael Earp
I love how understated M.E. Kerr's writing is. She doesn't feel the need to bang you over the head with a message or even a moral. She's just like, hey, here are some people doing some things, they might be different from you, they might not... Keep it real, ya'll! But obviously with more skill than that...
Sean Kennedy
(3.5 / 5)

A bit dated now, this is still a compelling story of its time - when AIDS was still the 'gay disease' and communities were up in arms about discovering inhabitants who were afflicted with it. There is some pretty triggering dialogue, but that is also to be expected for the period when it was set and words like 'fag' were thrown about with casual abandon (not to say it isn't today, but is more limited to certain social groups or demographics).

The ending is an open one, although you know
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Katie
My main problem with this book was the ending. Honestly, it's been a few years since I read it (I think three or four now, actually), so I don't remember much about it, but I definitely remember the ending. It was so empty and just wrong. It was like the author got tired of writing the book and just stopped. It seriously felt like there wasn't an end, barely even a little wrap up. Stories need a beginning, middle and end (although not necessarily in that order), and Night Kites totally lacked th ...more
Jeremiah
Oct 07, 2010 Jeremiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Danielle
A guy is caught between his trusty longtime girlfriend who wants to wait to have sex, and this other, more mysterious girl who's ready and willing. Guess which one he chooses? Features a 1980s (meaning really awful and frustrating) depiction of AIDS and being gay.

43/60 tbr box.
Eirian
Mar 23, 2011 Eirian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad :)
It was an interesting to read, but it feels like it lacks a little plot.
The book itself is better than most of my random selections from the library, though it honestly felt like nothing happened and I still don't really understand how the title applies.

3-23-11
Gary
Feb 10, 2009 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another superbly realistic novel for young adults, and one of the first to deal sensitively with the issue of AIDS.
Marnie
Apr 30, 2009 Marnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the descriptions of Nicki's outfits.
Jasmine Montanez
it was kool
Brooke
Nov 17, 2008 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
total 80's book
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M. E. Kerr was born Marijane Meaker in Auburn, New York. Her interest in writing began with her father, who loved to read, and her mother, who loved to tell stories of neighborhood gossip. Unable to find an agent to represent her work, Meaker became her own agent, and wrote articles and books under a series of pseudonyms: Vin Packer, Ann Aldrich, Laura Winston, M. E. Kerr, and Mary James. As M. E. ...more
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