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I Never Asked You to Understand Me
     

I Never Asked You to Understand Me

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by Barthe DeClements
 

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Didi's world is shattered when her mother dies. Her grades plummet, and soon she finds herself at Cooperation High -- the school for "dropouts and druggies." There, she meets Larry, out on parole; TJ the gorgeous stoner; and Stacy. Stacy's got a figure that makes guys notice, and an intense fear that keeps them away. Didi wants to help -- but once Stacy's secret is

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Didi's world is shattered when her mother dies. Her grades plummet, and soon she finds herself at Cooperation High -- the school for "dropouts and druggies." There, she meets Larry, out on parole; TJ the gorgeous stoner; and Stacy. Stacy's got a figure that makes guys notice, and an intense fear that keeps them away. Didi wants to help -- but once Stacy's secret is out, who can the two of them turn to?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
DeClements's novels for preteens have become quite popular. Her latest story concentrates upon students who have chosen or been forced to attend an alternative high school. Didi is there because she becomes truant during her mother's terminal illness, terrified at being left with a distant father and a great-grandmother. The action revolves around Didi's struggle to find her own truth. How responsible are we for our destinies? Didi looks for answers in the context of her new circleteachers who stress self-actualization with kids who have experienced drug abuse, detention centers and other tragedies. When she helps her desperate friend Stacy out of the dilemma of incest, Didi begins to find direction. Whether it's Didi's father forgetting a Christmas present or her friends partying with dope, DeClements creates memorable incidents with her large group of well-delineated characters. (12up)
School Library Journal
Gr 8-12 Didi is sent to Cooperation High, an alternative school, because she is having troubles dealing with her mother's impending death from cancer. Life at ``the Coop'' includes various oddball charactersex-con Larry, strung-out TJ and Stacy, who quickly becomes Didi's friend. Discerning readers will realize early on that Stacy's problems stem from her father's sexual abuse. This is as much Stacy's story as Didi's, and readers learn very little about Didi, despite the fact that the story is told from her point of view. They do not have the chance to see her work her way through her mother's death. Moreover, most of Didi's relationshipswith her father (shadowy at best), with TJ, with the priggish housekeeper Monicaare left hanging and never develop. In a few instances, however, DeClements captures minor characters wellher portrayal of a counselor at the ``normal'' high school is stingingly accurate. There are numerous references to drug and alcohol use, as well as some mild sexual encounters, the combination of which tends to overshadow an already weak plot. Written in a biting vernacular, the language is occasionally crude, and while DeClements offers a brilliant slice-of-life setting, the story goes nowhere. A better choice for dealing with parental death is Roni Schotter's A Matter of Time (Ace, 1981). Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141300597
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
Puffin Novel Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 7.18(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Fourth Grade Wizards, Double Trouble, I Never Asked You to Understand Me, and Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush (Once Upon America).

Barthe Declements is an author of children's and young adult books. Some of her published credits include Fourth Grade Wizards, Double Trouble, I Never Asked You to Understand Me, and Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush (Once Upon America).

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I Never Asked You to Understand Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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