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Grace Above All by Jane St. Anthony
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Jan 02, 09

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Read in January, 2009, read count: 1

Thirteen-year-old Grace Doyle is forced to grown up quickly in this heartwarming tale about first love. Grace’s mother, Bernadette, has five children, but isn’t really cut-out for motherhood. As a result, Grace is the primary caretaker for her three younger siblings. The relationship between Bernadette and her husband seems to be hinged on his love for his wife and his love for his girls; however, for all intents and purposes, he isn’t much of a father figure. Bernadette decides to take her children up to a lake cabin that she inherited, for two weeks. While there, the reader gets a glimpse of this family’s sad past and possible causes for Bernadette’s disinterest in her children. The one positive thing for Grace is the attractive next-door- neighbor Frankie. She meets Frankie under unfortunate circumstances (he helps her save her sister from almost drowning) and pines away for him for the rest of the week. Unbeknownst to her, Frankie feels the same way. He finally gets the nerve to ask her out and so begins a sweet, innocent romance. While at the cabin, Grace comes to terms with the fact that her mother will never be the mother that she wants or needs, but comes to realize that Bernadette loves her in the only way that she is capable. Grace also realizes that she is the person to whom her siblings look up to and that she needs to stop being so resentful and more compassionate. This story would make a great summer read for any adolescent looking for a little nostalgia.
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