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outstanding

Outstanding! Wonderfully put together.

posted by Anonymous on September 6, 2003

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Child of My Heart

It is the gentle telling of a Long Island summer in the '60s by a fifteen year old girl. She is a careful observer. The book is a little like watching grass grow, but lovely grass. Theresa's interactions with the children she babysits, the animals and the adults in he...
It is the gentle telling of a Long Island summer in the '60s by a fifteen year old girl. She is a careful observer. The book is a little like watching grass grow, but lovely grass. Theresa's interactions with the children she babysits, the animals and the adults in her world, especially the older men as they tentatively approach this beautiful girl, unfold with love. Her love and caring for her 8 year cousin who is dying is poignant. It is the kind of book teenage girls could like and, hopefully, learn from. Great summer reading or listening.

posted by aquilagold on July 26, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    A Shame...

    Child of My Heart is beautifully written. The prose is absolutely lyrical, and there are some moments of the book that are both charming and haunting. Now that that's been said, I have to mention it's flaws. Let's start with the main character. Theresa is extremely beautiful, extremely good, extremely clever, and extremely endearing to all around her whether child, adult or animal. And she has no problem explaining this - she's the novel's narrator. It can be extremely grating on the reader's nerves. It was on mine. I found our girl both self-absorbed and on the shallow side. Not to mention a very unrealistic teenager. It grows more unbelievable from there. In fact, there's at least one hard- to- accept plot twist which is genuinely, deeply disturbing. Pick up the book at your own risk. You've been warned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2003

    statutory rape

    As a psychologist I did not believe in the character of Theresa for a minute. She is portryed as this all knowing, all caring beautiful 15 year old. Where are her friends? where are her age appropriate desire to be with peers? I did not believe a girl that age could be attracted to a 70 year old alcoholic man. And folks 15 year old girl and 70 year old man is known as statutory rape. why does this nuturing girl not tell an adult when she sees her cousin has a medical condition and when a doctor even alerts her. I would call that selfish, not caring. There are some nice portraits in here. The neighbor, Petey, is really more like a real kid. I hate novels which don't really get that kid thing right but only idealize them.

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