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Children's LiteratureThe title refers to specific events in the story, but is also symbolic of painful times that are easier to lock away for emotional revisiting. Upper middle class teens may see themselves in this novel where wealth makes all problems (including chronic illness) a lot more manageable. These saintly young characters discuss their anger and despair, without traditional acting out against emotionally absent parents: no sex, drugs, or rock 'n roll. When the family dysfunction gets too intense, Daddy sends the kids to Disney World with a credit card and his guilty blessing. It is a well crafted book and the pages keep turning—partly to learn if these high school kids ever get past cuddling to do some real partying. The pragmatic ending masterfully reveals and imparts a strong message: life goes on. It leaves to the imagination what problems may arise when the emotional capsule reopens, and painful memories resurface. 2003, Delacorte/Random House, Ages 12 up.
— Tina Dybvik