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Before her plane even touches down in Newfoundland, Cheryl is already plotting her escape. She knows life on this isolated rock will be no better than it was in the other places she's been forced to live, ever since her parents launched a cross-Canada tour so her father could gather material for his book. The unwilling spectator of her father's morbid fascination with dying cultures, Cheryl has seen more than her fair share of small towns so depressing they could haunt your dreams. As events bigger than Cheryl ...
Before her plane even touches down in Newfoundland, Cheryl is already plotting her escape. She knows life on this isolated rock will be no better than it was in the other places she's been forced to live, ever since her parents launched a cross-Canada tour so her father could gather material for his book. The unwilling spectator of her father's morbid fascination with dying cultures, Cheryl has seen more than her fair share of small towns so depressing they could haunt your dreams. As events bigger than Cheryl swirl around her, will her refusal to let a new life in cut her off from those who love her? If You Live Like Me explores the bonds that form in strange and unexpected ways and shows how letting go can lead to the strongest connections of all.
Lori Weber, a native of Montreal, Quebec, is the author of several acclaimed titles for young adults, including Klepto, Strange Beauty, Tattoo Heaven and Split in the SideStreets series. Weber teaches in the English department at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec.
It is the summer before 10th grade and Cheryl is moving from a prairie town in Saskatchewan to an even smaller fishing village in Newfoundland, her third move in as many years. Her father is an anthropologist, researching the dying cultures of Canada for his upcoming book. Cheryl has a tough time making friends and adjusting. She yearns to return to her hometown, Montreal, and plans an escape. Along the way, she meets Jim, who shows her the wonders of the island and opens her heart. Her feelings for him are tested when he risks his life to save a girl who slipped on the rocks by the ocean. Cheryl's mother suffers immensely from Newfoundland's moist air due to rheumatism and decides to return to Montreal. Cheryl finally has a way to go home, but does she want to leave Jim, her first love? This book would be an excellent addition to collections of coming-of-age stories. Weber's depiction of Cheryl is true to life, an accurate account of an independent and intelligent teenager struggling with loneliness, acceptance of change, and her own approaching adulthood.-Melissa Houlroyd, Brighton Memorial Library, Rochester, NY
Posted October 14, 2012
I had to read this book for an english project and just wanted to get it over with because i am not really a big reader. I was surprised to find out i LOVED the book and finished it in less than a week which is fast for me.
In a nutshell this book is about a girl named Cheryl who is in her 4th school in the past 4 years because of her dads book on dying cultures which makes it hard for Cheryl to make friends. This year, they are living in Newfoundland to study the dying fishing culture when Cheryl breaks. She needs to go home, back to the steets of Montreal, more than ever, but once she meets Jim, she asks herself if she really does.
Posted June 27, 2011
Lori Weber's If You Live Like Me is yet another book that's been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long, even though I've heard some great things about it. Thankfully, I finally tried it last week, and I was surprised, perhaps even blown away a bit, as If You Live Like Me is an extraordinary contemporary about a girl living in Newfoundland.
If You Like Me begins just as Cheryl is arriving in Newfoundland, the place where she is to begin her fourth school in less than four years. To say Cheryl's bitter about this would be a serious understatement. She's furious, and all she wants to do is return back home to Montreal, the last place she truly felt at the home, the place where all her friends are. However, due to her father's book on dying cultures, which never fails to wreck her chance at friendships, Cheryl is set to stay there for a whole year except if she finds a way to escape for the last time. However, what happens when she meets a boy who makes her whole world go around, who understands her, who sees the person she is underneath the sadness and the dark clothes? Will she find herself, or will she be left feeling more lost than ever? Only time and more pages can tell in this suspenseful novel perfect for reluctant readers.
One of those characters who are hard to like at first, Cheryl was someone it took a while to warm up to. She's nasty towards her well-meaning parents and does not really try to be happy. Though, as more details are reveled about her past and her personality begins to show throughout the chapters, it is easy to see Cheryl is a girl lost, a girl who needs to find her way and forgive the past, which made her more relatable in the long run. However, the character that especially made her shine was Jim, a teen boy a year or two years older than her. Jim is a someone who hasn't always had an easy life but it never gets him down, instead he always tries harder. He constantly brought much needed light to the novel, and truly made it one of a kind.
The plot in this one was also creative and well executed. The idea of a family moving from country to country to learn about dying cultures was fascinating so I especially enjoyed that subplot in the novel. Furthermore, Cheryl's coming of age, the main focus of the book, was done realistically, and in a way that truly allows this novel to stand out among other coming-of-age tales.
This was my first experience with Lori Weber's writing, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it and will surely be reading more of her books in the future. She truly did a great job of taking a mundane topic and presenting it in a seemingly new way.
Well-written and pitch perfect, Lori Weber's If You Live Like Me is new favorite of mine, and I think if you give it a try you'll enjoy it as well- especially if you love contemporary YA as much as I do.
Posted October 2, 2009
Cheryl has moved a lot throughout her life. Due to her father's work on his anthropological book, Cheryl has had to travel with her parents all across Canada as he does research.
However, there is one aspect of life in St. John that Cheryl might find pleasing...and his name is Jim.
Jim is Cheryl's new next-door neighbor, and he is as fascinated with Cheryl as she is with him, much to her disdain. She would rather pack up everything and head back to the city, but as she gets to know Jim she starts finding herself becoming attached to this little fishing town and the people in it.
Lori Weber writes a touching coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who not only struggles to distinguish her home, but also to distinguish who she is. Any girl can relate to Cheryl, knowing the struggles and confusions of teenage life.
Through her talent to create a realistic narrator, Weber writes a fascinating book that even throws the reader with a few twists and turns.