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The Eyes of van Gogh by Cathryn Clinton
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Sep 12, 09

bookshelves: sequoyah-2010, ya-books
Recommended to Claudia by: Jenny Garrett
Recommended for: everyone...
Read in September, 2009

This has got to be one of my favorite Sequoyah books! Wow!Jude deals with so many of the problems kids do: an inadequate mother who can't see to Jude's needs, no family history to root her to family or place, a fear of making friends, of having dreams. She has such a bristly exterior that has saved her for all these years. That all changes when she moves to E-ville...family is there, even if it's a grandmother in a coma with whom Jude has imaginary conversations, the conversations she would love to have with someone who loves her unconditionally, as a grandmother should!

In E-ville, Jude lets down her defenses...she makes friends, she had a boyfriend, she becomes involved in her art, and she finds the equally-tortured soul of Vincent Van Gogh. Through the book she pins her hopes of a normal future on the boyfriend who has other plans, not aware that she's following her mother's sad history of pinning her future on OTHERS, and not herself.

Jude sinks into a depression as she sees the world through Van Gogh's eyes and through his own depression...over and over as I read this, I was saddened that Jude has no resiliency, no inner strength to bounce back from disappointments and betrayals. I love Jude and so want her to find that core inside her that will pull her from the brink -- literally and figuratively.

I think many kids will see their own struggles to grow up whole in this book. LOVED it!
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message 1: by Shannon (new)

Shannon what do you mean by Sequoyah?


Claudia This was a high school Sequoyah book the first year we had that award for YA books.


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