All Rivers Flow to the Seaby Alison McGhee
For seventeen-year-old Rose, it keeps happening — the car crash. The car crash that put her sister, Ivy, in a coma with only a respirator keeping her alive. While Rose tries to find support from her reticent mother, distraction from the series of boys she meets at the town’s gorge at night, and empathy from her neighbor William T., what she really needs must come from within herself — a release of what’s been welling up inside. Heartrending, honest, and ultimately hopeful, this is the tale of a teenager overwhelmed by trauma and loss, yet steadied by loyal friendship and the solace of first love.
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All Rivers Flow to the Sea
By Alison McGhee
CandlewickCopyright © 2007 Alison McGhee
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Here is the school bus. Here is the school bus door, chuffing open with its familiar wheeze. Here are the school bus steps. Put your right foot on the bottom one. Haul your left leg up to the next. Here is mean Katie the bus driver, scowling out the big bus window. Here is your backpack, heavy and hurting your shoulders. Where is your sister Ivy who should be behind you, shoving you to hurry up? Ivy is not here. You and your sister had an accident. Now you are on the bus. Walk down the aisle. There's an empty seat. Sit down. Now everyone is on the bus. Now Katie shuts the door and shoves the big black gear stick.
Your first day back is over. The bell that is not a bell has blared, and the school day is over.
Jimmy Wilson is next to you on the old green vinyl seat. Jimmy Wilson, who has been silently in love with you since kindergarten. The bus jolts and bumps and groans and finds its way around the curves of Sterns Gorge. You are back on the bus.
Your sister Ivy and you had an accident.
The world should have stopped, but it didn't.
One month has passed since that day of the accident, the accident that you and your sister were in. One month has passed since that day at the end of March when time plucked you up and set you down again, here in this new place. In that month, Katie the bus driver stopped wearing her Dairylea windbreaker and Jimmy Wilson stopped wearing thefur hat that his uncle brought back from Russia. No more winter boots. No more mittens and scarves. Brown grass is now green. Every class has marched on: Goodbye Romeo and Juliet; hello Hamlet. Goodbye World War II; hello Korea. Goodbye, rudiments of sting theory, and hello chaos complexity.
Your sister Ivy and you had an accident. The world should have stopped, but it didn't. The world kept on going.
ALL RIVERS FLOW TO SEA by Alison McGhee. Copyright (c) 2005 by Alison McGhee. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
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Meet the Author
ALISON MCGHEE is the author of the middle-grade novel SNAP, as well as three critically acclaimed novels for adults: SHADOW BABY, a TODAY SHOW Book Club selection; RAINLIGHT; and WAS IT BEAUTIFUL? She is also the author of two picture books, COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN and MRS. WATSON WANTS YOUR TEETH, both illustrated by Harry Bliss.
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This book was amazing. The pain Rose describes in the story is simple- yet so tangible. Her story touches your heart and makes you think twice before you judge someone. As Rose emerges from her temorary alternate-universe, she grows as a person into someone you can only hope to be. Through pain, lack of trust, and denial she brings to life the feelings of love and loss. Powerful read. I highly reccomend this book.
After reading this book, i saw how difficult dealing with car accidents can be. Being in a car accident can cause family distress and depression. While Ivy is unconscious, Rose has a fear of driving. She is 17 and afraid to drive. It shows how hazardous driving can be and how it can affect others.
McGhee uses repition and quick sentences to show how torn Rose is by the lose of her sister. As the book goes on, the writing become mores fluid, branching with Rose. Beautiful, poignant prose that tells the story of loss and how it molds us without our cooperation.
This book was a good quick read. It's about a girl who is in an accident with her closest friend.. Her sister. While her sister in in a coma at the hospital she learns to live, and move on. I enjoyed this book it had a good plot and likeable characters.