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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Intelligent, shy Augie, a senior in high school, is fairly certain that romance will never play a part in her life. When she reluctantly agrees to tutor Sam, the new boy at school, she never dreams that they will fall in love. Sam is confined to a wheelchair and may be permanently brain damaged as the result of a car accident. As they work together, Augie and Sam establish a tentative friendship; after Sam's brain functions return to normal, he and Augie become sexually involved. Their relationship continues through the rest of their senior year, and then falls apart during their first year away from one another at college. Fortunately, Sam's disability is never the sole focus of this novel: if anything, greater emphasis is placed on Augie's growing acceptance of her own sexuality. Klein has avoided the pitfalls of didactic problem novels and instead has sensitively depicted the coming of age of two unusual characters. A literate, very readable and sexually explicit account of the complex social lives of privileged New York City teenagers. Ages 12-up. (October)
School Library Journal
Gr 9-12 Augie feels that she has a problem with her bodyit's still virginal and as far as she can tell, asexual. No one else seems to have this problem. Her best friend is gay, her parents are madly in love, and it appears that every boy in her class is experienced, but not with her. Then she tutors Sam, who had lived a full-bodied lifeuntil a car accident left him paralyzed. When they fall in love, the problems of their bodies are overcome, but other problems emerge. They go off to college and later part. Augie begins a sexually satisfying relationship with her art professor, but it's still not enough. Some characters are obvious stereotypes, such as Sam's father, a loud, pushy, garish film producer. But Augie is fully developed, believable to the extent that although readers won't always like her, they will understand her. This rather bitter love story is more realistic than the currently popular teen romances. Klein portrays the teens of the '80s as freer sexually, but no more comfortable with their bodies or less nervous about sex than previous generations. Nor are relationships any easier for this sexually-free generation. Occasionally too serious, like Augie herself, the book's pace is slower and more introspective than Klein's other novels. Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394890517
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/12/1987
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    My Life as a Body

    My Life as a Body By: Norma Klein This book was about a girl named Augie and she hasn¿t been liking her last year at the private school that she is attending. During the middle of the school year a boy named Sam who use to do sports and be very smart was in a car crash and that made him have to be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. Augie¿s counselor asked her is she could tutor him since he was and and that his parents wanted a fellow classmate of him to get help with his school work. They become closer in the tutoring and are about to go to college. They find out how much they need each other and how their bonding effecting their relationship. To see what happens to them read the book. This book was good because it shows how these two different people become such great friends with Sam¿s disabilities and Aguie¿s discomfort for this school year. I didn¿t feel like I was in the book because this hasn¿t happened to me before but, it felt like the author was telling us like it was real and how everyone felt. The main conflict didn¿t interest me at first then again after reading a few pages it seemed very interesting. The whole fact that she¿s tutoring a guys she doesn¿t even know and then becoming good friends with him. The characters seemed realistic because it was like what average people do, doing something nice for another person. The ending was satisfying it summed up most of the story but, there were some parts that were boring to read. The voice of the author made it seem like she was the girl who helped this boy and that it was all based on her own life and how she dealed with all of it. The vocabulary was difficult. There were some big words that I didn¿t understand. Then when I read the book the author was trying to make it sound sophisticated so I guess that¿s why there were some big words here and there. I think Sam and Augie were the most realistic characters because yes, there are people who don¿t like the school year and also that there are disabled people that need help. The author¿s dialogue made it seem like this specific this happened to her. The tone seemed like she was the on telling us the story and that this could happen to anyone. The whole overall writing was good except for some of the bing words that I didn¿t get and the boring parts. It was a long book but, in the end it was worth reading. If I rated this book I would rate it a 8 our of 10 because there were some parts that just were boring and the words where I had to look them up to see what they mean and that wasted some reading time.. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a big vocabulary and people who like reading how we help special people. Overall, I thought that it was a good book. There were some parts that were boring but, then again it was good. I think that the author did her best on making it sound sophisticated but, I think she put to many big words.

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