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The Wind Blows Backward

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Lauren and Spencer share a love of poetry, and both have problems with their parents. But when Lauren realizes that she is falling in love with Spencer, she also begins to recognize his moody and self-destructive side.

Although they share a love of poetry and problems with their parents, a shy high school senior's attraction to a popular classmate is tempered by her fear of his moody, self-destructive side.

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Overview

Lauren and Spencer share a love of poetry, and both have problems with their parents. But when Lauren realizes that she is falling in love with Spencer, she also begins to recognize his moody and self-destructive side.

Although they share a love of poetry and problems with their parents, a shy high school senior's attraction to a popular classmate is tempered by her fear of his moody, self-destructive side.

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"Easily read and enjoyed but also thoughtful: a book with unusual texture and depth." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
School Library Journal
Gr 9-12-- High school seniors Lauren and Spencer cling to one other in an insensitive world peopled by affluent, snobbish classmates and preoccupied adults. They had been middle school misfits, bonded by braces and a love of fantasy and science fiction. But time, different lifestyles, and peer pressure interferred. He became the ``Prince of Jocks,'' while she remained an introverted loner. When he suddenly rekindles their friendship, Lauren is wary until she realizes that Spencer is deeply troubled and values the honesty and camaraderie they once shared. As their romance intensifies, he confides that he is haunted by his father's suicide and disturbed by his pretentious lifestyle and uncommunicative mother. Drunk and depressed on graduation night, he is nearly killed in a motorcycle accident. His physical, psychological, and emotional healing begins with devoted Lauren by his side. The couple confronts modern perils of youth--sex, alcohol, and suicide--with little adult intervention. Lauren's divorced mother is sympathetic but distracted by her own romantic involvement. Spencer's mother and stepfather are more concerned with social appearances than reality. Mr. Walker, their English teacher, dismisses the young man's poetic perception of death as plagiarism. Stereotype characters abound; and, the nearly tragic climax is a long time coming. Nonetheless, YA readers will identify with the pressures, conflicts, and concerns facing these teens. And, poetry fans will enjoy excerpts from Keats and Whitman. --Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, NC
Stephanie Zvirin
Complete with its own dark, brooding hero, this is a story that teenage girls will fall for hook, line, and sinker. Characters are sensitively drawn, and the book is full of coming-of-age angst and romance. But it's also so predictable that it's only Hahn's rich, occasionally inspired prose that saves it from becoming mournfully melodramatic. Now a senior in high school, Lauren thinks she's gotten over her middle-school crush, Spencer Adams, who's virtually ignored her for the last few years. Yet, when he approaches her in the library, memories of the books and dreams they'd shared flood back, and it isn't long before he's in her life again. But despite her romantic haze, Lauren knows that Spencer's changed: his grades have plummeted, his relationships with his mother and stepfather are troubled at best, his behavior is erratic, and he seems overly preoccupied with death. Through measured scenes that demonstrate Spencer's downward emotional spiral and the depth of Lauren's commitment the two eventually become sexually intimate, Hahn evokes a fantasy love gone awry and shows clearly that while loving deeply and truly may be wonderful, it's not always enough.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395629758
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Downing Hahn , a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    i absolutely adored this book, now the cover might look stupid a

    i absolutely adored this book, now the cover might look stupid and old timey and it kinda is but the book is not

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    one of the best and most memorable books.

    you should read this book! not many people know about it but the people who do and have read it would most likely agree with me that it is one of the most powerful and amazing books ever written. i have read it so many times and each time i have read it, i have fallen in love with it even more.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

    Awesome book

    I first read this when I was 15; I'm now 30 and I never forgot the impact of this book. Readers that love Twilight or any teenage angst book will love this book. I'm sad to see BN does not have it available in paperback. I hope this doesn't end up being one of those books that fades into oblivion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2009

    one of the best book report books i've read!

    this book is awesome! i read it for one of my book reports and it was so hard to put it down! it was so catchy and amazing to read because it as so realistic to real life. it literally grabbed your attention and kept it, never gave it back until the end of the book and you want more. it is so REAL! good book. mary downing hahn is a good author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Awesome!

    This is my most favorite book ever! My Librarian suggested it and I turned out reading during my spare time during class. I just LOVED it from the start! Love Wind Blows Backward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    one of the best

    I fell in love with this book. I could not put it down. I strongly recommened it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    Between Friends

    I enjoyed this book soo much! In middle school a group of girls and myself passed it around and each decided that we were all Laurens who needed to find their Spencer. This book inspired us in so many ways. I read it once a year and each time, I discover new reasons to love it. Forever my favorite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    This was one of the best books i have ever read. I am 15 and i think everyone should read this i would recommend this book to girls 13-18

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    My first favorite book

    I am so glad I read this book. I was in middle school and my teacher said we had to choose a book and I just randomly picked this one up. This was such an amazing book I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    This book is soo AWESOME!

    this book is filled with love and romance and mysteries.. its a book that grabbbed my attention and a book i want to keep readin and i read the book 4 times and i am only 13 i reccomend it to anyone.... any age.. spencer and lauren are soo cute it reminds me of my boyfriend and me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2007

    Amazing

    I had rented this book from my school library with the librarians recomendation. Im only in the 8th grade and by the cover it look like just another boring 90's novel. I found out alot more. I found my self at 3am crying. I read it within 2 days i got it. With homework and school and everything that is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    wow

    since the book came out, the first one who had it as my cousen, then her sister, now me. ive read this book at least 27 times. and evrytime i read it...its like im reading it over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    Megans Review

    I believe this is the best love/mystery books written. I have read this book four times, and I will continue to read it many more times, I have yet to find another book that grabs me like this one. In The Wind Blows Backward I put my self in the story. I would recommand this book to anyone, no matter the sex or age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    A story that never grows old

    I first read this book when I was 13 years old I am now 22, and still go back to re-read it when I feel sentimental. The author captures so many feelings and events that mark a young person's life with an attention to detail that I have not since found. I recommend this book to many people who are looking for a heart-touching tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    Wow

    When I first saw this book i thought it might a boring book, but when i kept reading it, it got really interesting. I love how Lauren stands by Spencer through all of it. It really shows how never to judge a book by it cover. I wish they made a movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    Something so sincere

    This book was a page turner and quite the romance. I enjoyed the romance but the personally the dark moody nature brought me down slightly. I did love the heart wrenching plot and suggest it for any teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    best book ive ever read...

    This is truely the best book Ive ever read I would recommend it to ANYONE!! I have read it over and over and I will still read it again, such a great love story that you can relate to because the characters are so real and share real experiences together. if you like reading about love stories this is the best one to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    best book ever!!!!!!

    this is the best book ever.... it shows that not every1 is who they r on the outside

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    This book was so good! I didnt want to put it down, but then I didnt want to read it so fast! I loved Luaren and Spencer love for eachother and how they had to go threw all this horrible stuff and still make it out on the top.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    A story of first love and first heartache

    This book is amazing! Ever since I read it I've been a totaly book worm. No joke. The Wind Blows Backwards opened a whole nother world for me...the world of books. LOL! Lauren and Spencer's love is the best love I've ever read or known.

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