Hate Youby Graham McNamee
Alice Silvers writes songs she can never sing, because she has a broken, "Frankenstein" voice. Her father choked her years before when she got in his way while he was fighting with her mother. After that night, her mother threw him
A young adult novel explores the path from hatred of an abusive father to healing as Alice learns to sing with her own true voice.
Alice Silvers writes songs she can never sing, because she has a broken, "Frankenstein" voice. Her father choked her years before when she got in his way while he was fighting with her mother. After that night, her mother threw him out. Alice has never seen him again. Now she's 17. Alice has her songs, her words, her mother, her boyfriend, her life. Everything but her voice. Years have passed since that terrifying night, but Alice burns with a hate stronger than anything she's ever known.
The characters are well drawn and easy to empathize with, the story flows with good dialogue, and the lyrics to Alice's three songs are moving. The cover is also attractive. However, I wish (and suspect others will also) that the book had been longer to further the story of these interesting people. In addition, the resolution of Alice's hatred is too pat, but is nonetheless satisfying. This title was an Honor Book in the Fifteenth Annual Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 4.23(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.49(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Graham McNamee works in the public library in Vancouver, B.C.
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this is an interesting yet intertaining book that is hard to put down. the issues she has to deal with are hard. this is amust red book bvery intertaining. she can't sing songs but she writes them. she has to deal with alot when she was little and has to overcome alot of things.
Alice Silvers is a seventeen year old girl who writes who own songs, but would never sing them herself. She is haunted by the horrible cracking and scratching of her voice. She hasn't been this way forever. Her father choked her when she got in the way of her parents fighting, and it has scarred her ever since. Now, her father is dying of lung cancer and she doesn't know what her feelings are toward the world. Surely enough, she takes many emotional curves to find herself. Overall, this book was well written and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read books about problems and everyday life of teenagers.
Well I just wanted to say I just got done reading this book and I also thought it was a very good I enjoyed it alot when I picked it up I couldnt stop reading it and guess that just show how much I liked the book.
It is a great book because it talks about problems today and ends wonderfully.So to me a awesome because its my type of book to read.thanks.