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Nobody's Family Is Going to Change by Louise Fitzhugh
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May 30, 2008

really liked it

This book was mentioned on a recent This American Life episode, and I had to read it. I know I have wished (and still sometimes do) that my family would (for the love of God) change. This young adult novel really puts it in perspective. Because it's true.

Don't look for any sugar coated endings here. The Emma Sheridan and her younger brother Willie struggle and struggle. But still, as the title says...

In the meantime there's a Children's Army that secretly meets plotting retribution against bad parents. I was grateful their charming, Broadway-dancing Uncle Dipsey never changed.

This is the underground children's novel you wished you stumbled on during a summer day in the library. Some "dirty" words you'd never hear in my house, with parents that were somehow strikingly similar to mine except I would have been grounded the whole novel. A true guide to life, following your dreams, and not taking shit from anybody-- even if they are your parents.

Not exactly uplifting, but then again, who ever said the truth was easy?


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message 1: by Lauren (new)

Lauren did you get this book from the library? Do you still have it?

Tori I got it from the library and just returned it yesterday. It should be available! Hook it up.

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