Opposite of Loveby Helen Benedict
Madge is biraccial and her light brown skin has made her feel like an outcast, until she spends a week with her cousin in New York City. There she befriends a small boy with skin the color of her own and no one to care for him. On impulse, Madge takes the boy back home with her. Ultimately, she finds that caring for a child isn't easy, and neither is finding a… See more details below
Madge is biraccial and her light brown skin has made her feel like an outcast, until she spends a week with her cousin in New York City. There she befriends a small boy with skin the color of her own and no one to care for him. On impulse, Madge takes the boy back home with her. Ultimately, she finds that caring for a child isn't easy, and neither is finding a middle ground between love and indifference.
Gr 7 Up- "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference." Madge, 16, makes Elie Weisel's statement her mantra, promising to never be indifferent, even as it takes her to extreme, unrealistic measures. As the only person of color in rural Hollowdale, PA, except for her Indian friend, Krishna, who moved there in ninth grade, Madge has never felt at peace. Her tough-talking white mother is an ex-con and illegal British immigrant and Madge has never met her Jamaican father. Even with that weak set-up, the book remains readable until Madge decides to bring home Timmy, an impoverished, Hispanic four-year-old boy she met while visiting her white, newspaper reporter cousin in New York City. Madge, who has essentially kidnapped Timmy, acts like he's her own child, letting her once-stellar grades and at least mildly interesting social life fall by the wayside. Benedict's first YA novel suffers from too many competing issues, including biracial identity, racism, child abuse, and the troubled New York City foster-care system. With its resolution that raises far more problems than it solves, strong language, and lack of focus, it's hard to envision this book at home in any library. Instead, recommend Chris Crutcher's Whale Talk (Greenwillow, 2001) for topics of racial identity and Catherine Ryan Hyde's The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance (Knopf, 2007) for issues of child welfare.-Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 5.86(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
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Helen Benedict is the author of several books for adults. She lives in New York City
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