- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
After all the moves from town to town, after all her mom’s boyfriends and drinking and anger, Jude hopes things will be different in Ellenville. In her new high school, Jude starts to open up. Her art teacher admires her painting and encourages her interest in van Gogh. Soon she has two new friends and a romance that may save her from a ...
After all the moves from town to town, after all her mom’s boyfriends and drinking and anger, Jude hopes things will be different in Ellenville. In her new high school, Jude starts to open up. Her art teacher admires her painting and encourages her interest in van Gogh. Soon she has two new friends and a romance that may save her from a dead-end future after all. But when life doesn’t follow her plans, Jude finds herself staring into van Gogh’s tortured eyes and seeing her own reflection. NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE, says a voice in her head. MAYBE IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU WEREN'T HERE. With sensitivity and insight, Cathryn Clinton looks through the eyes of a troubled teen as she moves through darkness toward a merciful glimmer of light.
Gr 8 Up
Jude, 17, is trapped by her mother's promiscuous, abusive, and irresponsible patterns. Always on the move, Stella has left a string of loser men and unsatisfactory towns behind. Now she and Jude are in Ellenville, where Stella's mother lives. Jude has never met her grandmother and craves this family tie, but the woman has had a stroke and is unable to communicate. Jude visits her daily, carrying on a tender conversation in her mind. Life with Stella continues to be ugly, but Ellenville offers some bright spots for Jude. Her art class is a sanctuary. She begins to make friends; best of all, she hooks up with the high school football star, a hunky guy who is bright, likes art, and makes her skin tingle. Jude hopes he will rescue her from her tawdry life. But there's more to her unhappiness than the obvious, and as she reads about van Gogh's life, his emotional struggles resonate with her. Then her mother is ready to move again, Todd doesn't want to commit, and Grandma dies. Jude almost loses hope. Walking with this girl through her depression feels real. Unfortunately, the dialogue doesn't, and too many pat situations compromise the serious nature of this novel.
—Alison FollosCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Excerpted from The Eyes of van Gogh by Cathryn Clinton Copyright © 2007 by Cathryn Clinton. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Posted January 1, 2011
No text was provided for this review.