Madeline's life is white. She suffers from Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and is allergic to practically everything. So she stays in her roomMadeline's life is white. She suffers from Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and is allergic to practically everything. So she stays in her room and in her house, with its filtered air, and just the company of her nurse, Carla, her mother, and her online studies.
But all that changes in her 18th year. Olly, a parkour math enthusiast hottie moves in next door with his family. And from seeing him that first moment, Maddy knows she will fall in love with him. And while she can predict that, Madeline doesn't know everything that the future has in store for her. This is a book that looks at what living really means, and is a great choice for those who liked John Green's A Fault in Our Stars.
*** I really enjoyed this book. I love that Madeline is biracial -- African American Asian American, but that that's not really a big deal in the book. I love the illustrations that pepper the story. I love that, while I thought this book was headed in one direction, it completely turned around and suprised me. An enjoyable, fast read that works for those who like sick-lit stories, or just a good contemporary fiction story....more
**spoiler alert** Galadriel (Gilly) Hopkins is a tough eleven year old. She's had to be - Gilly's a foster kid and has been passed around from house t**spoiler alert** Galadriel (Gilly) Hopkins is a tough eleven year old. She's had to be - Gilly's a foster kid and has been passed around from house to house, family to family. Now she's ended up in Maime Trotter's house. Trotter already has a younger foster kid there, William Ernest, and Gilly is not going to get settled or care for either of them. Instead, she writes to her REAL mother in California, and decides she is going to run away from Trotter's. But getting to California doesn't go exactly as planned, and Gilly's life begins to change in more ways than one.
Paterson's writing is wonderful -- she creates a fully formed character in Gilly, letting you see what a snotty brat she is at first, and then allowing the hopeful, kind, and hurt bits flow through the narrative. Then allows the reader to grow to love the prickly Gilly. Written in 1978, this book is very much a product of its time, and the setting comes alive. It raises a bunch of wonderful questions and issues, and makes it a great pick for discussions.
I loved Trotter as a character -- she is one of my new heros. And Miss Harris too. Such strong, wonderful women in the book, including Nonnie.
The ending doesn't wrap things up with a bow, and there are some hard life lessons that Paterson gets into. ("Life ain't supposed to be nothing, 'cept maybe tough." "That all that stuff about happy endings is lies. The only ending in this world is death." "If life is so bad, how come you're so happy?" "Did I say bad? I said it was tough. Nothing to make you happy like doing good on a tough job, now is there?") And the book is so much the better for these.
I don't think that I would have picked this book up on my own to read. But I am so glad I had to for book club -- I'm very glad to have read it....more
Joey's got a lot of challenges in his life. His dad left his family when he was little, and his mom went after his dad when he was 5. Joey was left toJoey's got a lot of challenges in his life. His dad left his family when he was little, and his mom went after his dad when he was 5. Joey was left to live with his grandma, who as she says is "wired". And Joey is wired too -- he has ADHD and has trouble controlling himself.
When Joey's mom returns when he's in the 4th or 5th grade things start to get better. But, because Joey always rushes into decisions without thinking they get much worse -- and end up with him accidentally cutting off the tip of a classmate's nose. Can Joey find the helps he needs?
A very realistic portrayal of ADHD with super funny and gross parts. Good for upper elementary aged kids....more
I am finding I really enjoy Erin Knightley's romances. They are sweet, and would be a good recommendation for someone looking for a more cozy or gentlI am finding I really enjoy Erin Knightley's romances. They are sweet, and would be a good recommendation for someone looking for a more cozy or gentle romance without sex....more
One of my new year's goals is to read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for a while that I haven't gotten around to reading yet.One of my new year's goals is to read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for a while that I haven't gotten around to reading yet. This was the first one that I reached for since, of course, I find the topic fascinating.
I think I wanted something different from the book though, than what I got. This is a personal look at being a redhead, and does exactly what the subtitle suggests. It ventures back into the mythology of red hair, and the assumptions that go along with it.
I found it very difficult to get through because I didn't jive with the writing style. But it did make me think about some of the assumptions I had been making about redheads, and that was interesting. ...more
A funny, imaginative, wacky romp of a book that's great for early elementary or as a read-aloud.
Young Madeline does not fit in with her family. They aA funny, imaginative, wacky romp of a book that's great for early elementary or as a read-aloud.
Young Madeline does not fit in with her family. They are hippy artists. She is the sensible one that takes care of them. One day, when she comes home she finds a sinister note from "The Enemy" saying that her parents have been taken. She seeks out her Uncle Runyon, but suffering from a fever, he is no help. Just as she is about to lose hope, Madeline finds in the the form of two unlikely heroes - Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, detectives! The three start on a crazy adventure involving marmots, foxes, hats, rubber, and The Old Spaghetti Factory to get Madeline's parents back.
At times a little too clever, this is still a book I would highly recommend....more