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Shouting at the Rain

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  4,982 ratings  ·  653 reviews
Delsie loves tracking the weather--lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she's looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a "regular family." Delsie observes other changes in the air, too--the most painful being a friend who's outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Shouting at the Rain

Delsie is different on so many levels. And she’s growing. And her friends are changing. And making fun of her.

From the very beginning as I read this book as a grandmother, I judged. Not Delsie, but her mother. To a certain extent her caretaking grandmother, too. My hackles were up and I was outraged. Motherless Delsie deserved more. I was set up - because by the end of the book while things were not wand-resolved, Delsie and her friend Ronan (who had troubles of his own) wer
Julie Kirchner
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is something magical about the team of Nancy Paulsen and Lynda Mullaly Hunt!

Shouting at the Rain is the story of Delsie who lives with her grandma while trying to navigate feelings of being her mother when she was a baby and now by her best friend. Delsie has always felt energized by the storms that brew off the Cape, but now that her entire life feels like a storm is on the horizon, Delsie is feeling fragile and insecure about her family and its missing pieces, as well as h
Michele Knott
A book that makes us think about families and our traditional views of them and friends and glitter and glue.
This book is my glue.
Love it.
Tj Shay
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book eight out of five stars.

I always say that if it from Nancy Paulsen Books, it will be amazing....this book, from one of my favorite authors, is the absolute best. Delsie, Grammy, Ronin and a cast of mostly lovable characters have stolen my heart. I love a lot of books, this is my new favorite middle grade book. There are so many quotable parts that gently teach lessons we all need.

Available everywhere in May, I highly recommend this book.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
"It's not what you look at that counts, but what you see."

This is the story of two kids (a girl named Delsie and a boy named Ronin), both of whom are unhappy because one is missing both parents and one is missing a mother. Each is lonely, especially Delsie when one of her summer friends has become chummy with a mean girl named Tressa. Happily, they find each other and discover that they have love and support from their remaining relatives and neighbors. Hunt has cloaked important life advise thr
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Penguin. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

I have to say that for a book that brought on the weather references hot and heavy in the summary, it definitely didn’t provide much weather references in the book. To be honest, I forgot most of the time that Delsie was supposed to be into weather. It kin
Ms. Yingling
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC provided by Follett First Look

Delsie lives in an East Coast seaside resort town with her Grammy. It's always been just the two of them, and Grammy is reticent about Delsie's parents. Things are a little tough, but the two make do with a support network of friends. As summer starts, Delsie's two best friends from school are involved in a local production of Annie, but her summer friend, Brandy, is back at her family's cottage. Unfortunately, Brandy has become more mature, wearing fancy clothe
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A few years ago a friend gave me a mug that said...

"I don't want to just read books....I want to climb inside them and live there."

If I could climb inside this book and live there with the characters, I would. Living in an area with some pretty violent storms isn't exactly high on my list, but to be part of that group of friends and neighbors that all live in those four houses at the end of that dirt road, who love each other truly and fiercely, who are always there for each other no matter what
May 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm convinced I'm living in a parallel universe, and there's some other world out there where this book is outstanding and people are giving it five stars. There's no other explanation.

I'm trying to find something good to say, I really am! But nothing, absolutely nothing, stood out to me in Shouting at the Rain.

I'll admit, this isn't my usual read (I'm a fantasy girl at heart). Basically, I read Fish in a Tree a couple years earlier and loved it, and then One for the Murphy's the year after and
Luke Quaranta
When I was in college, I loved the Vietnam War movie Full Metal Jacket. In that movie the main character, Joker, wore a helmet that had “born to kill” on it and a peace symbol button. When asked about that he said he was speaking to the duality of man. What Shouting at the Rain does best is shows that truth. Every character in the story is flawed just like we all are. We see two sides of many different characters in the book.

It reminded me of Because of Winn Dixie. I don’t say that in a bad way
Robin Hoffman
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without reiterating the plot as well described by others, it's Lynda's ability to write very complete characters that's always impressive. You always feel you really know these people and have a view into their hearts and minds. Readers are in for a treat when the book releases in May 2019. ...more
Laura Gardner
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for Shouting at the Rain by @lyndamullalyhunt; thanks to @penguinkids for the ARC to share with #kidlitexchange! .
Lynda Mullaly Hunt is one of the most popular authors in my middle school library. I have multiple copies of both Fish in a Tree and One for the Murphys and they are frequently all checked out (see pic). For that reason and because I love both books myself, I was VERY eager to get my hands on Shouting at the Rain and see if Hunt could do it again. And by "do it" I me
Delsie is a young girl, who loves the weather, but now the weather disasters are entering her life. Soon, her best friend drops her like a hot potato and Delsie asks herself multiple times; why is this my life?

This book was very good. Well formatted but not as moving as I would have liked for it to be. My favorite character was Ronan. One of typical people who put up mean fronts but are very nice and sweet underneath. My least favorite character was Grandma. Sometimes she wasn't brave at all. I
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I've read and loved Lynda Mullaly Hunt's other books, but at first I didn't think I would enjoy this one. It just didn't seem like my type of book. But somehow, her writing and characterization hooked me in, and I have to say, I loved it! It's so easy to connect with Delsie and her experiences. And I even actually ended up liking Olive! ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For Kaska-boom: Another winner from Lynda Mullaly Hunt. What a wonderful story for young people trying to figure out who they are and how to look at the world. Recommended for my two granddaughters.
Mr. Steve
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-for-kids, cba
Hunt's books are popular and well-done, and this one is no different. Fits in perfectly in the middle grade age range, and I thought the friendship issues between Brandy and Delsie rang very true. ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arcs, middle-years
Blah blah blah, friends are the family you choose for yourself, blah blah. REALLY cheesy dialogue and /so/ many /words/ were /emphasized/ that they /dang/ lost their /impact/! (Seriously, the dialogue was insufferable and even Delsie's inner monologue was stilted and awkward and weird. Pg. 176: "I see Henry laugh, and I am grateful that I can't hear it. And yet I long to..." -- what the hell kinda middle-schooler even THINKS like that?) I liked "Fish in a Tree" because I hadn't had the dyslexic ...more
Lorie Barber
Well, Delsie and Olive and Grammy and Ronan and Emse and Henry. You did it. You imprinted on my heart and I will never forget you.

Delsie, you are teaching me so much. I am a recent orphan. I am learning - from you - that family is who you make it. The ones who stand you even on your worst days. The ones that love you the most when you deserve it the least. I am learning - from you - to talk about my feelings, my grief, my hurt. And I am incredibly grateful.

But I’m not only grateful for me. I h
Heather Jensen
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Move over Carley and Ally, Delsie and Ronan need a little room to grow in my heart as well. Lynda Mullaly Hunt once again brings her characters to life through honesty, heartbreak, love, tears, laughter, and friendship. Delsie and Ronan handle their similar situations in different ways, but in the end they both learn that they are loved and together they can handle whatever is thrown their way. They discover that they their own strong shoulders as they support the ones they love. I am in love wi ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delsie is being raised by her offbeat-yet-caring grandmother on Cape Cod. It's fine, but she can't help wondering why she doesn't have typical parents. Her unease grows as her friend group starts changing and shifting, until her life feels like one of the storms she likes to track. Enter Ronan, an unexpected and unconventional ally who has been through the wringer himself. Their tenuous friendship grows as they connect over shared experiences of loss and feeling like you don't belong...anywhere. ...more
Liked this book almost as much as Fish in a Tree, but not quite as much. I loved how Delsie realized through many experiences that so many people loved her and would do anything for her, even though she didn't have a mother (living with her). I loved Grammy, and thought that she was a perfect mix of my two grandmothers, which made me love her all the more. After reading this book, I decided that I would like to move to a beach town like Cape Cod, because... who wouldn't? I loved how, like Fish i ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did really like this book. Compared to Lynda Mullaly Hunt's other books though, I felt as though it was kind of unoriginal, and typical for a middle grade novel. I really liked the setting and how the reader can really get a good insight into how Delsie feels, I also thought that the themes were current and relatable. I recommend this book to middle grade readers who enjoy a somewhat complex story, but want an original middle grade plot line. ...more
Hugh Mcdonald
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I’m a sucker for a book whose main character experiences a lot of self reflection & learns a lot about herself & the important people in her life. My students will enjoy this one. I can’t wait to add it to our shelf alongside Hunt’s other beautiful reads “One For The Murphys” & “Fish in A Tree”.

“It’s not what you look at that counts, but what you see.” - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Anna Keller
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t2
This book was good though I found it a bit childish. I liked the fact that the author included anagrams like how the title "Shouting at the Rain" is an anagram for "that nourishing tea" which is a drink frequently referenced throughout the story whenever a character is going through a hard time. Overall the storytelling was fine but the main themes were really strong and important topics nowadays. ...more
Kirsti Call
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful, moving and beautifully written story of how loss and love.
Pam  Page
This will be a great addition to middle grade classroom libraries. There are so any themes that can be explored but best of all are the characters. You cannot help but love Delsie and Ronan and how they find their voices. The bullying sometimes made me angry but the voice that Hunt gave Delcie will be inspirational to children reading the book. Be sure to check out the "Dear Readers" at the end of the book to find about about Lynda's use of anagrams with characters' names. All around, another gr ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This was really cute, but there were a few too many “after school special” moments.
I am over books with one-note mean girls and protagonists who fawn for their favor.
CutieChuchu(っ.❛ ᴗ ❛.)っ
Overall this is a sad story of a kid yearning for a mother's warmth and presence yet every chapters still sparks hope. This book shows that we never lack of love because there are always people around us who accept and love us genuinely ❣️. ...more
Lindsey Stoddard
Oh I just love the family that surrounds Delsie in this book, from Saucepan Lynn to Ronan and Henry and Esme. Amazing characters. Another beauty from Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
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