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  • Posted September 28, 2012


    I started this book with poor expectations, and Kaye Gibbons delivered in a very positive way.. Some parts were confusing, but soon got used to them.This book is about a young girl who has very sick life. her father is abusive and she harmed secually, phsically and emotinally througout her life. Despite her trials, the brave girl never gave up the search for love. She found it but kind people like a black friend named Starletta, a hippie couple, and also a foster family. She kept her grit and was more concerned about others than herself. Many of the events are disturbing, hoever they are very interesting.This book is uplifting. I reccomend it to almost anyone, from Highschoolers to adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    Ellen Foster: A Novel

    Ellen Foster If you like children, drama, and friendship, then you should read Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons. Gibbons tells the story of Ellen, an eleven-year-old biracial girl who has lost both of her parents and only has the support of her friend Starletta. Ellen has to live with the drama of living with her maternal grandmother and aunt Nadine. Neither Nadine nor Ellen¿s grandmother accept her because they despise Bill, Ellen¿s father. Ellen¿s grandmother and Nadine make Ellen¿s life miserable while she lives with them. Ellen¿s mother died of a heart disease and Bill didn¿t take care of Ellen. This caused Ellen to start living with her art teacher. Later on a judge decided that it would be better for Ellen to live with her maternal grandmother since they were family. During the time Ellen lived with her grandmother, she made Ellen feel inferior to her because her father was an African American. Also the hate Ellen¿s grandmother had towards her caused her to work in the plantation picking up cotton. When Ellen¿s grandmother died, Ellen again had to move. This time Ellen moved with her aunt Nadine. Nadine 'for me' is a hypocrite. Nadine acts like she likes and accepts Ellen, but deep inside she hates Ellen. One can say that if it wasn¿t for Starletta, Ellen¿s life would be hell. Ellen appreciates Starletta and her family because they were the ones that looked after Ellen when Bill didn¿t. Starletta is poor African American girl that is the same age as Ellen and lives in Ellen¿s neighborhood. The setting is hard to understand because it¿s not fully described. I can conclude that Ellen¿s house had at least two rooms, one bathroom, one living room, kitchen, and dinner room. Ellen¿s house had a farm or a plantation as well. Ellen Foster is a depressing book because in the beginning Ellen wanted to kill her father. I ask myself in what kind of mind would a little girl want to kill her father? Also Ellen¿s mom died, and through out the book Ellen desires a new mom. Finally I got depressed when Ellen¿s maternal side wouldn¿t accept her and Ellen would try so hard to fit in. As a whole I don¿t recommend Ellen Foster because it¿s uninteresting, childish, and has no rising action. By rising action I mean that there¿s nothing that makes you say ¿I wonder what will happen next?¿ Also the author makes you hate the characters, which makes you hate the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Ellen Foster

    Ellen Foster Ellen foster, by Kaye Gibbons, is about an 11 year old girl named Ellen. After years of verbal and physical abuse from her husband Ellen¿s mom commits suicide. Ellen is eventually taken out of her fathers care and placed in a series of foster homes- first with her grandmother who she seeks revenge on for her fathers brutality and then with her neglecting aunt Nadine and her spoiled daughter, Dora. Along the way Ellen goes through hard times loss, abuse, and neglect. To find out if Ellen every gets to have a normal life with a loving family then read this book. This was the worst book I have ever read it was never exciting it was very dull and depressing. Noting ever went right for her until the very end so it was the same mood through out the whole book. I was never able to feel like I was in this book because it took place in the south and there was a lot of racism and bad grammar which made it hard to relate to. The main conflict didn¿t interest me because there wasn¿t really a main conflict. all this book was about was a girl moving from home to home being bored and not doing anything all day. Yes I think the characters seemed real because they all had different characteristics and spoke differently. I think the ending was satisfying it was happy because she finally fit in and found a home she could spend the rest of her life in. In this book the author¿s voice was very dull and boring. Kaye Gibbons didn¿t really use vocabulary in any interesting way- she just used bad grammar with a southern accent. What I found most unique about the writing style of this book was that it was all coming from a child¿s point of view and always said things like she don¿t and it be which made it really hard to understand what Ellen was saying. I think the author¿s use of dialogue was terrible. It was hard to tell who was talking and even when someone was talking. This book didn¿t even really have much description in it. It never even described Ellen. The tone of Ellen Foster was probably the over all worst thing about this book it was so boring and lame it spoke in the same tone the whole time. Over all I think this was the worst writing I have ever read I have no idea how it got onto Oprah¿s book club list let alone get published. I give this book a 0 out of 10 and 2 thumbs way down. I gave this book this rating because I think it pointless and stupid it drags on and on about unimportant things and has so many run on sentences and terrible grammar. This book is better than any other book I have ever read such as Phantom Toll Booth, and even The Catsiters. I don¿t understand why anybody would ever enjoy reading this book. I don¿t recommend this to any of you! In conclusions the book Ellen Foster is a waste of time and nobody should read it unless they have nothing better to do. I personally recommend Memoirs of a Geisha or The Da Vinci Code. At first when I read the back of this book and saw the cover I thought I would love it, but I guess what they say is true after all, don¿t judge a book by its cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    not worth the read

    This book talked about a lot of important issues but the plot (if any) had no sense. The first line is capturing but that's about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2005


    OMG!?!! This book was the worst thing I ever read. I mean there is simply no meaning to it. I seriously advice people never to even look at this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004


    This has got to be about the worst book I have ever read. I have been going through Oprah's book club list but I think this has put a kabosh on that. I'll start choosing my own books from now on. The plot (if there is one???) is so boring. This is a small book (thank goodness) but it took me FOREVER to plug through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Lousy, Boring and Plainly, Torture

    WOW, WHAT A HORRIBLE BOOK. Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I can actually give my reasons as to why. This book was depressing, and Ellen could never stop griping. The switching between different time periods is pretty difficult to follow and the plot is boring and full of repetition. It almost feels like the author wants to sound smart by purposly putting in 'symbolic' objects and themes, but they fall short and don't have any real purpose. As a parting shot, I would like to say 'THIS BOOK IS MORE BORING THAN WRITING AN ESSAY ABOUT IT' (and that's sayin' something).

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    Posted December 16, 2008

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