Emily in Love

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When Emily Gold sees Hunt in the school yard her first day of “regular” school, she hopes he’ll be her boyfriend. Pretty Emily, who is developmentally disabled, wants more than anything else to fit in. Will Hunt like her even though she’s not like the other kids? “A surprisingly sweet, unusual story of first love.”-Kirkus Reviews

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Overview

When Emily Gold sees Hunt in the school yard her first day of “regular” school, she hopes he’ll be her boyfriend. Pretty Emily, who is developmentally disabled, wants more than anything else to fit in. Will Hunt like her even though she’s not like the other kids? “A surprisingly sweet, unusual story of first love.”-Kirkus Reviews

A developmentally-disabled fourteen-year-old faces the challenges of her classes at a "regular" high school, a new job, and a budding romance.

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Emily is a developmentally disabled teenager who is being "mainstreamed" into regular high school for the summer session. She and her friend Molly want to fit in desperately, and hope to find boyfriends of their own. The usual adolescent angst is magnified by their disabilities-the last thing Emily wants is to be recognized as a "retard." Finally, Emily comes to understand her own strengths and responsibilities and realizes what it takes to be a true friend.
VOYA - Melissa Thacker
Emily in Love starts right where Emily Good as Gold (Harcourt, 1993/VOYA December 1993) left off. Emily Gold, the title character, is a developmentally disabled fourteen-year-old who just wants to be normal. She wants to wear make-up, learn how to use computers, and ride the bus by herself. More than anything else, however, she wants to have a boyfriend. Although Emily knows that Donny, a boy in her special education classes, likes her, she wants a "regular" boy to like her. On her first day of school at the regular high school, Hunt Carson, a cute regular boy, helps her find the gym. Emily is smitten with him. She and her boy-crazy friend Molly throw a boy-girl party. Emily invites Hunt and Cheryl and Amanda, two girls who also go to Vanderbilt High and who tease Emily for being different. The party is a disaster. Chick and Artie, two hooligans from the first book, crash the party. Hunt kisses Amanda, and before they leave Amanda tells Emily, "We all came as a joke. No one would ever come to a retard party." Needless to say, Emily is devastated. She and Hunt are able to patch things up when he decides to interview her for the school paper. Hunt is writing an article about high school students who work, and Emily works at the Feed Store, a health food snack bar run by other kids like her. When Emily agrees to work on the same day that she agrees to meet Hunt for the interview, she finds out who her true friends are. Rare is the book with a developmentally delayed young girl as its main character. This book succeeds in showing how alike Emily is to most fourteen-year-old girls. She is struggling with her parents for the freedoms most girls her age also want. However, Emily in Love depends too much on the first book. Major conflicts resolved in the first book are just alluded to in Love. Also, in Love, we know that Emily is in special classes and that she doesn't learn as easily as other kids her age, but we are never told what exactly is different about her. Readers have to read the first book to find out that when Emily was born she did not get enough oxygen to her brain, causing some brain damage. Neither book tells why Molly and Donny also are in special education classes. If you own Emily Good as Gold, Emily in Love is a must-have. If you do not own it and have not gotten any requests for it, there is no need to buy Emily in Love. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152009618
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/9/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    BEST BOOK YOU MIGHT EVER READ !!!!!!

    This book has become one of my favorite books. It became one of my favorite books because it is full of love and fat. The main character Emily is ¿retarded¿ But for the first time she gets to go to a normal school. It¿s her first year and she wants a boyfriend but not any boyfriend a normal boy friend. She wants to be a normal girl, like girls in normal schools. If you like happy ever after in stories you might just find this book entertaining. Cause in the she finds out what she¿s been missing a along. She just doesn¿t know that what she needs is right in front of her. That¿s mainly what kept the story going. It also made it a little longer. This made it a very exciting book. My favorite parts were closer to the end. If you ever read this book, you can tell that it gets more exciting towards the end. The book also starts to make more sense. In conclusion it would be a good book to read. So run as fast as you can and get Emily in love.

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