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Rocky Road by Rose Kent
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Nov 05, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011-challenge-of-sm, favorites, childrens

Sewing, crocheting, crafty Tess Dobson has the weight of the world on her twelve-year-old shoulders as she finds herself, her deaf eight-year-old brother, and her mother, living in an assisted living facility in Schenectady, New York, once her virtually penniless mother moves them there from San Antonio, Texas in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, she’s more adult than her mother, Delilah, who suffers from Shooting Stars (undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder). Delilah refuses to take the time to properly learn sign language, so she can barely communicate with her son (she leaves that to Tess), is always getting them evicted from their homes since she spends the rent money, and is always looking for the next big business opportunity to invest in. Now, Delilah’s latest idea is to take the very last of their money and buy an ice cream shop.
Tess immediately captures your heart as she worries about them ending up homeless if this idea crashes, as she mothers her little brother - and her mother, and worries about when Delilah is going to have another episode of Shooting Stars.
It’s always so unfair when a child has to give up childhood and become an adult way before it’s time for them to be one. With an absentee father, all Tess knows is how to rely on herself and do what needs to be done so that she and her brother have some semblance of normality. There is no other family involved, so there’s no one to force Delilah to get the help she needs. Thank goodness, Tess and Jordan find a family with the seniors who are their neighbors. They move around so often, I can only assume Child Services never has a chance to become involved. The title Rocky Road refers to young Tess’s life as well as her favorite ice cream flavor. She’s so grown up for her age, it’s sad. By the end, you care about them so much, you just hope that everything will turn out better for them all down the road. I really liked this one.

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Reading Progress

November 5, 2010 – Shelved
June 12, 2011 – Started Reading
June 12, 2011 –
page 1
June 16, 2011 –
page 52
June 18, 2011 –
page 107
June 21, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011-challenge-of-sm
June 21, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
June 21, 2011 – Finished Reading
December 30, 2011 – Shelved as: childrens

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Anakha Hadlock Yes Yes YES!! You put it perfectly and I wouldnt change anythingabout your reveiw

Marjorie Thanks, Anakha!! I LOVED this book!

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