Everyone has a past. The residents of Heritage Gardens figure out that their janitor has a past. He is at the prime of his life so what is he doing li...moreEveryone has a past. The residents of Heritage Gardens figure out that their janitor has a past. He is at the prime of his life so what is he doing living around elderly people for three years? He has no love life, has no young friends.
Ben keeps to himself, alphabetizes his bookshelf and is into prime numbers. The only friends in his life are the residents of this retirement home. His job requires him to be available 24 hours a week therefore he really doesn't have a social life outside the retirement home. He seems to be quite content in this area of his life.
Then one day, several events come into being while he is working there. He does notice that a young female podiatrist is taking care of the residents' health. Also, a niece of one of the residents comes to visit.
There is also a matter of the retirement being sold to a contractor. These three events force him to realize that he needs to let go of the past, learn from your mistakes and hopefully, find someone to love you no matter what.(less)
There is a school shooting and people are murdered. One is a 17 year old boy and his sister is one of the survivors. She is confused about this incide...moreThere is a school shooting and people are murdered. One is a 17 year old boy and his sister is one of the survivors. She is confused about this incident. Who murders her brothers and why? She asks her father for answers and consolation. He tries his very best to do what she is requiring of him but he needs assistance from the counselors at Caitlin's school to speak with her. They are more knowledgable to get her through this tragic incident in her life.
She really misses Devon(her brother)since he really helps her to understand things in her daily life. He treats her as a 'normal' person, not a person with a disability.
Caitlin has Asperger's Syndrome. She is 10 and very confused. She really wants to understand what they are trying to convey to her but her brain does not process as easily as others. Her teachers need to say things multiple times in one day or many days until she really understands the concepts.
Caitlins' mind needs to process things in this way on a daily occasion. It may be days or weeks of working on one concept before She Gets It or understands it.
I really enjoyed this book. The teachers/counselors and the parents of these children are to be admired. It must be very draining to repeat things multiple times before the moment of understanding arrives. This may happen in their teens and adulthood as well. Read it, you won't be disappointed. It's very educating to say the least.
Finally finished this book!! Sometimes I wonder if Steel wrote this book. I understand the premise of the story, but she was ad nauseum concerning the...moreFinally finished this book!! Sometimes I wonder if Steel wrote this book. I understand the premise of the story, but she was ad nauseum concerning the weight issue. UGH!!
There's not much to review regarding this book. Parents have 2 girls. One is overweight and ugly in their eyes and the one is drop dead gorgeous. The oldest & overweight one goes off to college and finds a job in New York. The parents don't approve of her career plans and there is another chance to belittle her.
The youngest daughter stays in L.A. and when she graduates decides to marry instead of having a career first.
I used to read many more of Steel's books but I felt that this was a waste of time. Won't be reading any more of her any time soon.(less)
Julie chooses to live. This is her choice now. It was not always her choice. Her life story gives us a time line of when her depression surfaced and he...moreJulie chooses to live. This is her choice now. It was not always her choice. Her life story gives us a time line of when her depression surfaced and her journey to survival. She starts when she was a child, takes us through the teens years, college years & into the .always her choice. Her life story gives us a time line of when her depression surfaced and her journey to survival. She starts when she was a child, takes us through the teens years, college years & into the present. When did her depression actually start? Her dad was in the Navy and there was a period in time that the moved 6 times in 7 years. Perhaps she felt that her family didn't listen to her since they had a busy & fulfilling life. She was the 4th of 5 children. Her mother had just started a business of her own. Did Julie feel that she was a burden to others around her? Hersh proceeded to attend college at Notre Dame where she got a Business Management degree & then went to work in Silicon Valley. All was going well until a few months after having her first child. Did she have post-departum after her first child? Was it due to her inter-faith marriage or her socio-economic level? She had 2 children under the age of 3 & was tending to elderly grandparents at the same time. She felt that she had no life of her own. She felt burdened. Her husband and friends noticed it and they did everything possible to get her the help that she desperately needed. All of these trying times in one's life makes you wonder when mental illness really strikes. It took several years of being in and out of hospitals, changing medications and therapy to will her to survive. She is hoping that through her book, she can relay to others that there is HOPE and you shouldn't need to suffer alone. It may take many years or a lifetime to accomplish this feat, but you CAN do this. A quick & wonderful read for your next book club discussion group.(less)
A group of 17 year old girls decide that it will be fun to be pregnant at the same time. So...the pact begins.
One of the girls who is pregnant happen...moreA group of 17 year old girls decide that it will be fun to be pregnant at the same time. So...the pact begins.
One of the girls who is pregnant happens to be the daughter of the principal, Susan, where she attends school. Susan is being asked to resign because the school board seems to think that she is an unfit mother for allowing her daughter and her friends to even think of this pregnancy pact to happen. The principal herself got pregnant at 17 so they also feel as if she is condoning her daughter's actions.
Her daughter and friends find out that pregnancy and motherhoood isn't all fun and glory. The principal's daughter, Lily, finds out that her baby needs to have surgery even before it is born.
Susan, the principal and mother of Lily, is struggling to keep her job and informing the student's parents of this crisis at the school.
Delinsky writes about a delicate issue that happens in schools across the country. She also brings up the issue that often times teenagers percieve of only things that will make them happy but have no concern of how it will affect others, especially their loved ones.
I always enjoy reading Delinsky's books. She writes about controversial issues and life lessons yet they always have happy endings.(less)
What does one do when she finds out that she has breast cancer? After she has had chemo & beats the odds, her sister suggests that she find a supp...moreWhat does one do when she finds out that she has breast cancer? After she has had chemo & beats the odds, her sister suggests that she find a support group. Her sister finds for her a group that gets together for a weekend and learns how to flyfish. After the weekendm she goes home only to find out that her husband has been cheating on her. She packs a few things, goes to the mountains and finds the owner of the group. The owner lets her stay in a cabin that was once her grandmothers'. She starts to flyfish again, fix up the dilapitated cabin & starts to enjoy life again. She meets the town people & gets to know them by name. She even uncovers a little mystery about the cabin where she is living. Her sister comes out to stay for a weekend & is happy to see that her sister is enjoying life once again.(less)
I have no idea what life would be like if my child were kidnapped. How long would I spend searching for her? Probably as long as it took. This is what...moreI have no idea what life would be like if my child were kidnapped. How long would I spend searching for her? Probably as long as it took. This is what this woman did. Persevere...leave no stones unturned. Actually, she wasn't sure if her stepdaughter-to-be drowned or kidnapped. How nervewracking for her!! 2 years out of her own life to search and believe that she was still alive. Going to hypnotics, to a foreign country out of sheer love and unwavering faith. Even after the police told her that the girl might never be found. Where was the mother throughtout this story? She had her own agenda on this situation. The dad/father had faith & love but not as much as his fiancee. Hers didn't seem to be as limited. It had no bounds. This is a well-written book. The author really touched on the woman's emotions. Really put you in her shoes. Since I haven't had a loss like hers, the 'not eating' part was far fetched but other than that, it was good. It got kinda tedious when she was in the foreign country but that the only negativity of the book that I would pass on to another reader. I learned why the name of the book is very appropos. The girl is lost in the fog(weather)& the woman's mind is in a fog trying to locate her. She is also a photograper and there is many references to 'foggy'(hazy) photos.(less)
The books that I've read from this author has been more about conservation issues. This one is quite different. The main character--Charlotte--was bor...moreThe books that I've read from this author has been more about conservation issues. This one is quite different. The main character--Charlotte--was born without a pretty face. She was teased and bullied until she was 18. That was enough for her! So, she went to a plastic surgeon & had a makeover. She then went to LA to see the world & hopefully, be an actress. Her life was wonderful & she was having so much fun until she started getting headaches & other health issues. Could these be due to her plastic surgery? Is there anything such as being allergic to the tissues that the doctor used? Monroe said that she wrote this book when women first started getting facelifts and other plastic surgery. She updated this book & added other social issues such as AIDS & a person's sexual preference.(less)
What a roller coaster ride these kids were on! UGH!! How could they do this to themselves? The first night that they did acid in this book was good fo...moreWhat a roller coaster ride these kids were on! UGH!! How could they do this to themselves? The first night that they did acid in this book was good for them but the next night...it turned out so bad!! So glad I didn't do drugs. Although this was a good peek into what happens to the brain & what it does to & for friendships. I was surprised that they were coherent & speaking to people normally at school the next day. I was wondering where the kids' parents were in this storyline. Yes, they were talked about & Brendon did tell his parents that he was staying at a friends' overnight but still...Yea, I'm one of those mean ole mom who knows their kids' friends & expects them home by midnight. There was no point to this story but I'm glad I read it. I got it for a reading challenge last year but didn't read it. But...my 2009 goal is to read books that I bought or bookmooched last year. SO...yay for me. (less)
I felt sorry for these 2 children because her mother was in accident & left them orphans. Their grandmother took them in but the daughter always f...moreI felt sorry for these 2 children because her mother was in accident & left them orphans. Their grandmother took them in but the daughter always felt emotionless. Before their mother's accident, she wished he mother wouldn't come back home. That was the night that she had accident & REALLY didn't come back. She made 2 other wishes later in life & they came true also. One was to be struck by lightning which she was. Only after she befriends another person who was struck by lightning & her brother's illness, does she start living life to it fullest.(less)
This was an interesting & easy read. I had not read a book like this. It makes me appreciate what an easy life I've had. Good neighborhoods, nice...moreThis was an interesting & easy read. I had not read a book like this. It makes me appreciate what an easy life I've had. Good neighborhoods, nice people surrounding me. Many more nice things that some people don't have--EVER.(less)