The Key to the Golden Firebird
The funny thing about stop signs is that they're also start signs.
Mayzie is the brainy middle sister, Brooks is the beautiful but conflicted oldest, and Palmer's the quirky baby of the family. In spite of their differences, the Gold sisters have always been close.
When their father dies, everything begins to fall apart. Level–headed May is left to fend for herself (and...more
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Maureen's novels are funny because she only has one protagonist. Her main girl is always introspective, too-goody-goody-for-her-own-good, but kind of cool anyway. Quiet, but has her noisy moments. Thinks too much. Is too responsible and finds her resolution by letting go and being wild.
It's all the same girl. The reason I don't mind so much is be ...more
maybe there was a bit of projective identification going on as well - two of my sisters play softball (one with complete passion, one more just because) and i'm t ...more
Life has not been the same for the Gold sisters; May, Brooks and Palmer since the sudden death of their father. Their mother’s depression means they are left to cope alone, especially as she works night shifts in order to support the family.
The third person narrative allows insight and focus on all the different characters and makes it easier to follow along with the story. Each sister has her own unique way of dealing with her grief. While they are all very different pers ...more
Yes, I recognize that this was largely the point, to point out the "realities of trauma and loss" and all that jazz. I appreciate that and could see that was what was being portrayed. Yet there comes a point in which ...more
it is about a girl named Mayzie (aka May) and her father dies from bad health. May's family is a huge fan of baseball, especially her dad. in the story, her family struggles with getting over the death, trying to get good grades, making some money and May deals with a little romance when her close friend and neighbor gives her driving lessons.
i loved this book because it brought so many emotions to me and it sometimes made my heart skip a beat. i couldn't put the book down. ...more
I know. I have a problem.
Throughout this book, I felt like I was listening to a toddler explaining some elaborate dollhouse story, brandishing the dolls by their feet as visual aides.
"This is May, she's the responsible one...."
"This is her sister, she has panic attacks. And this is her other sister. She drinks a lot. And she's all lazy and stuff."
"This is the daddy. He's dead now."
"And he's the neighbor. He follows May around. And he's go ...more
This was, I believe, the second book of Maureen's I ever picked ...more
The story isn't perfect. There are one or two holes I n ...more
And that plot drop at the beginning.... Thank God I didn't read the back of the book! I wish they hadn't put it on the back so then everyone will be as shocked as the girls at what happened.
Brooks, the oldest, she's the drunken one. That replaces her grief with nights of forgotten memories and making out with her sleazy boyfriend on her kitchen table in front of Palmer.
May, the second eldest, she's the responsible one. The one with her life planned out, the one that cannot wait to leave and go to college. She blames everything on others, its her dad's fa ...more
The Key to the Golden Firebird was a lot deeper and more serious than I expected it to be from the cover and my previous experiences with Maureen Johnson’s writing. I went into it blindly, not knowing much about the plot. It was a bit hard to get into, so I’m not sure if that was the best way to read it, but I really started to enjoy it somewhere in the middle.
You can really tell that this is Maureen Johnson’s d ...more
When their father dies, the Gold sisters’ lives change irrevocably. The Key to the Golden Firebird follows the lives of May, Brooks and Palmer after the months following their father’s death. Brooks is on a slippery slope, falling apart inside; Palm ...more
Summary: After their father’s heart attack, their mom starts working overtime and it’s up to the three Gold sisters—May, Palmer, and Brooks—to pull through it on their own.
Review: This story is about how grief can turn you into a zombie. And Johnson’s humor was the perfect way to temper the heavy topic.
Although I’m not usually a fan of alternating points of view, it worked for me in this story because a common grief united the three girls.
Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Han ...more