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In the wake of tragedy, Jane learns to look through her camera lens and frame life differently, embracing her broken family and understanding that ...
In the wake of tragedy, Jane learns to look through her camera lens and frame life differently, embracing her broken family and understanding that every girl has her season to blossom. Spare and vulnerable prose marks this beautiful debut that is at once heartbreaking and uplifting.
Posted January 23, 2012
Posted July 2, 2011
i can totally relate to this book: 1. i have curly hair 2. my sister has an eating disorder 3. i always feel that she is better than me and always has to be the center of attention 4. my family is broken too. i love this book and i cried thinking about my family and how we can relate to this book i give it 5 stars
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Posted May 29, 2009
JANE IN BLOOM is a beautiful story of love, loss, and discovery. Ms. Lytton, a member of the Class of 2K9, comes out hitting with a winner.
The story starts out on an emotional high for Jane. It's the morning of her twelfth birthday and she is finally going to get her ears pierced. She is literally the last girl in her class to get them done. But the day soon turns bleak for Jane. Not only doesn't she get her ears pierced, nor get to open her presents (she's been secretly wishing for a digital camera), but her older sister, Lizzy (perfect and popular Lizzy) is found unconscious on the bathroom floor.
Three months later, Lizzy comes home, along with her eating disorder. No one talks about it, but it's always lurking in the background. And then, Lizzy is gone. The autopsy reveals she died from taking too many laxatives and diuretics. Jane's family is in slow motion and feels like it's falling apart.
Jane was always in the background, and after the funeral, her mother runs off to Arizona to Jane's grandparents. She's left her husband and Jane alone in the empty house. Slowly, Jane and her father begin to bond again until he has to go away on business.
Her dad brings in his old secretary to stay with Jane while he is gone. It's during Jane's time with Ethel that she finally starts to come to terms with her life. She's got a natural talent behind the lens, capturing life as it unfolds. While photographing Ethel's prized roses one day, she discovers that Hunter, the cute boy that came to her school halfway through the school year, lives next door. Hunter and Jane form a strong bond when they realize they each have lost loved ones.
The summer after Lizzy's death is a tough time for everyone in Jane's family. They all struggle with their grief in their own private ways. And it's through Jane's tragic summer that she can even emphasize with the girl that bullies her at school. Jane reaches out to someone else in trouble and proves that even though she's had loss, she's grown into a different and stronger person.
The story is told by Jane, the 12-year-old narrator. However, the surprising thing about JANE IN BLOOM is that Jane could be anyone. Ms. Lytton writes the novel in such a way that Jane could literally be ageless. The narration does not sound childish or overly exaggerated. It's a straightforward, heartfelt novel that will be sure to touch all who read it.
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Posted May 8, 2013
Posted May 1, 2009
Twelve-year-old Jane has always been in awe of her big sister, Lizzie, who is perfect in so many ways. But there's nothing Jane can do to help when Lizzie's obsession with being thin spirals into unending arguments with their parents and ends in Lizzie's death. Suddenly the rest of Jane's family is struggling for survival as well, not sure how to forge a future together.
This tender book shows how one family member's emotional and psychological state impacts everyone else in the family in both large and small ways. Lizzie's parents are very human as they struggle to understand their daughter's eating disorder. They make choices that are well meaning and stem from their love of and fear for Lizzie, but ultimately they cannot save her. It's easy for everyone in the family to forget about Jane, who doesn't cause trouble and is not expected to perform as highly as Lizzie does. So when Jane becomes the only child, she has to find her way forward as her own person, not as a younger sister.
While Jane in Bloom deals with heartbreaking issues, it is also uplifting. It ultimately can lead to a good discussion in a mother-daughter book club about family roles, eating disorders, and how to find what's important to you in your life.
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Posted November 16, 2013
Posted November 25, 2012
This book was very heartfelt and moving and extremely sad. My sister and i fight like crazy but losing hrer or anyone would be extremely difficult. This book takes you through a very good life lesson even though its sad. I reccomend this book to any girl with sister even if you arent all that close.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2012
Posted December 26, 2011
In this book it would make u sad,sometimes make u smile and even sometimes even make u look at ur life and then Jane's it is totally different for some people. I just want people to rate and review this book so I can see what they think. Thank you for reading this and I hope u will like the book!
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Posted September 25, 2011
This book is so sad but amazing. It is a truly fabulous book. It qas an easy read but a lot of great books are short. I totally reccomend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2011
Posted February 15, 2010
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Posted December 22, 2011
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