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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    I really enjoyed reading LETTERS IN THE ATTIC, set in the early sixties. <BR/><BR/>Lizzy, the heroine, lives with her mom and dad in a Phoenix hotel. Her father comes in, a real sleezeball, and with his new girlfriend in tow, proceeds to tell her mother that he is divorcing her. He even has the gall to ask Vonnie, her mother, to apologize to his girlfriend because she isn't being nice. <BR/><BR/>Well, with no place to go home to, they head to upstate New York to Vonnie's parents' house. Lizzy meets her grandparents for the first time. Her grandfather is great, but her grandmother is verbally abusive. <BR/><BR/>There, Lizzy learns a lot about her mother's past through letters that are in the attic. She examines her sexuality and helps her mother to become the person that she is meant to be. <BR/><BR/>While reading this book I laughed, cried, and was hopeful for the characters. I really liked Lizzy and her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

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    I really enjoyed reading LETTERS IN THE ATTIC, set in the early sixties. Lizzy, the heroine, lives with her mom and dad in a Phoenix hotel. Her father comes in, a real sleezeball, and with his new girlfriend in tow, proceeds to tell her mother that he is divorcing her. He even has the gall to ask Vonnie, her mother, to apologize to his girlfriend because she isn't being nice. Well, with no place to go home to, they head to upstate New York to Vonnie's parents' house. Lizzy meets her grandparents for the first time. Her grandfather is great, but her grandmother is verbally abusive. There, Lizzy learns a lot about her mother's past through letters that are in the attic. She examines her sexuality and helps her mother to become the person that she is meant to be. While reading this book I laughed, cried, and was hopeful for the characters. I really liked Lizzy and her family. **Reviewed by: Marta Morrison

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    Heartfelt and Sincere

    Letters in the Attic by Bonnie Shimko is one of the most emotional encounters I've ever had with a character and her circumstanes. The author presents the characters and events with empathy, understanding and compassion yet she pulls you into a time of reality for all young people who share the pain and experiences of growing up. Shimko offers the idea that one is not alone in Lizzy's situation and others share the same emotional roller-coaster ride even when they remain silent. This book will bring you to tears and you'll experience the freedom we all find eventually as we treck through life's happenings. Do yourself a favor and read Letters In The Attic. We all deserve a time to share love, joy, disappointment and triumph with all people on this planet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2002

    An absolute gem!

    Lizzy McMann is a priceless creation. Her story is the funniest, most human and touching one I have read in some time. Bonnie Shimko beautifully captures the reality of growing up, both the good and the bad. It's a story told straight from the heart. Her respect and affection for her characters is remarkable. Read it, then give it to someone you love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Don't pigeonhole

    So why should a straight older male such as yours truly read a book about a gay teen-aged girl? 'Letters in the Attic' can be categorized as 'young adult,' 'coming of age,' 'gay teen,' whatever pigeonhole they'll pick to get a handle on it. But first and foremost it's a novel. A great novel about Lizzy McMann, a heroine for everyone. You don't feel sympathy for her; instead, you experience empathy. It's not often that a 'cynic' (to use a label) empathizes with a fictional character, especially one so unlike myself. OK, I didn't cry, but this is only Bonnie Shimko's first published novel. Maybe she'll get me with the next one. (But I did laugh out loud -- an unusual occurrence.) Even without the tears, 'Letters' is destined to become what they call a perennial favorite. And in that sense it is indeed a 'classic.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Excellent!

    Having been lucky enough to read this book before official publication, I have nothing but praise for it. It is warm, touching, sad and funny - and we genuinely come to care for Lizzy, the young heroine. If you read nothing else this year, you must read this!

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