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A Boy I Once Knew: What a Teacher Learned from her Student

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    About A Boy We'll Never Know...

    Upon completing this book (and before reading the reviews of others on this site), I came out with many of the same feelings that they had: this book was NOT so much about the 'Boy' but about the author. I'm glad to see that I wasn't the only one disappointed and misled by the book and its summary. I wanted to know more about the supposed title character...not about the author. The author left his diaries and notes to a total stranger so she could tell the world about him...about his battle with life...and death. And yet all she was concerned about was her own life. What a disappointment. I'm sure she gained something from reading his diaries, but we certainly didn't. And when she did mention him, she used quotes from his diaries that were quick notes like, 'Went shopping. Met with friend.' Nothing in detail. A true author who wanted to share Vincent with the world would have cut beyond his quick notes and written something with more depth, using his notes as a guide. Ms. Stone didn't seem to even 'get' Vincent...or the gay lifestyle. So, after reading the book, I quickly resold it online. It wasn't a keeper for me. Sorry, Vincent...I hope someone else preserves memories of you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Um...

    While this book was good, it wasnt NEARLY what I thought it would be...I thought it was going to be HIS diary. Hmm. Maybe I got that wrong...but also it just...wasnt as good as i thought it'd be. sorry. more later...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    A MUST READ!

    I truely enjoyed reading this book, and couldn't put it down! It wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be about, but it was definitely that everyone should read b/c it helps to better understand the grieving proce

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2002

    A Bold Testament to the Power of Imagination

    A Boy I Once Knew packs quite a wallop. Stone's fascinating and beautifully written story of the death of her former student drew me ever more deeply into his life -- and allowed me to join her on her own courageous journey of self-discovery. Confronting issues of loss, memory and meaning, this teacher's gripping narrative took me hostage, then set me free, wiser for my time under its spell. At story's end, I felt affirmed in my often shaky belief that imagination and love can transform dying into a bold act of living. If you're a teacher, a student, or, like me, just someone coping with loss, you'll love this inspiring gem of a book by a wonderful writer.

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