Waiting For No One

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Taylor Jane Simon is an eighteen-year-old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome who has a refreshingly different view of the people she encounters and the life she wants to have. Young adult readers will identify with Taylor’s struggle for independence and self-control, and empathize as she outlines the ways—both positive and negative-- that her Asperger’s Syndrome affects her daily life. Connecting with a play by Samuel Beckett, Taylor explores a fear of solitary existence while reaching out to a world at times ...

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Overview

Taylor Jane Simon is an eighteen-year-old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome who has a refreshingly different view of the people she encounters and the life she wants to have. Young adult readers will identify with Taylor’s struggle for independence and self-control, and empathize as she outlines the ways—both positive and negative-- that her Asperger’s Syndrome affects her daily life. Connecting with a play by Samuel Beckett, Taylor explores a fear of solitary existence while reaching out to a world at times perplexing. Most important, Taylor wants to be seen as an individual, not as a stereotypical “person with special needs,” or a rare wild flower—images that haunt her from the past. A cameo performance by Taylor’s new gerbil -- Harold Pinter-- adds further emphasis to themes of existentialism and humour.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Donna Phillips
Taylor Jane Simon of Wild Orchid (Red Deer, 2005) is back as a recent high school graduate enduring the ups and downs of going-on-nineteen situations: interviewing for her first job, taking her first college class, meeting an interesting young man, renegotiating parental relationships. The job interview turns into a disastrous speech on gerbils, leaving her too worried to call the bookstore manager back. With her photographic memory, she aces biology quizzes. Her classmate, Luke, and his younger disabled brother, Martin, become new friends—at least until Taylor and Luke program Martin's VOCA device to give him the option to punch a "shit" button instead of shrieking. She has figured out Mom would be better off finding shorter guys who own fewer golf shirts, and she survives Dad's new girlfriend, coming to appreciate Sadie's penchant for mismatched yard sale dishes. The quirks of Taylor's Asperger's Syndrome and her continuing passion for existential drama may restrict her audience to sophisticated teens who appreciate Terry Trueman's books, Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (Vintage, 2004/VOYA December 2003), or the HBO film Temple Grandin. But for those teens and the librarians who share their interests, this book pays off nicely. An interview with Brenna and her gently humorous acknowledgments round out the book and are worth reading as well. Brenna promises a third journey with Taylor Jane Simon, and if that one is anything like our trips to Waskesiu or Cody, Wyoming, and back to Saskatoon, this reviewer is game to hop on the bus with her. Reviewer: Donna Phillips
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This sequel to Wild Orchid (Red Deer, 2006) stands on its own, but that book gives more background, substance, and credence to its unlikely heroine. Taylor Jane, 19, is applying for her first job. Against her mother's advice, she prints her résumé on blue paper, "a more advanced form of white." She writes down Harold Pinter (her pet gerbil) as a reference and lists her seven strengths, one of which is Asperger's syndrome. Readers are irresistibly drawn into Taylor's personal narrative as she describes her carefully planned and uneasily navigated world of waiting for the interview, laced with doubt and certain of unpredictability: I hope I get it, hope I don't....Taylor arms her days with charms, her favorite numbers, and the color yellow; she battles swear words that bubble out during nervousness; she cradles her anxiety in obsessive behaviors. Most raw and powerful are Taylor's efforts to master her fear of not being employable and never living independently. She's stuck with the bitter irony of feeling alone yet dependent on her mother. Her father has a new life but Taylor remains his beloved, if challenging, daughter. While visiting him, Harold Pinter escapes. In her panic to find him, Taylor shatters her father's girlfriend's plate collection. For Taylor, in the aftermath of the destruction, there's a rare acknowledgment of her irrational behavior. It is a turning point in confronting the internal mayhem that rules her. When anxiety, obsession, and sleeplessness overcome her control mechanisms, she accepts help. Taylor is a refreshing and inspirational delight. She is beguiling in her earnestness, her honesty, her quest for independence, and her unyielding determination to wait for no one.—Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889954373
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 791,092
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

"Something to Hang On To" marks BEVERLEY BRENNA's fifth publication for young readers. The protagonist of her acclaimed YA novel, "Wild Orchid" (Red Deer Press), which was nominated for the Canadian Library Association's Reader's Choice award in three different provinces and was listed on the New York Public Library's Recommended Books for the Teen Age in 2007, resurfaces in her short fiction collection "Something to Hang On To".

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