Winter Longing

Winter Longing

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by Tricia Mills
     
 

When Winter's boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she's robbed of the future she'd only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer's presence continues to haunt her.

But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept

Overview

When Winter's boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she's robbed of the future she'd only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer's presence continues to haunt her.

But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can't change. Can she open herself to a new future . . . and a possible new love?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A frigid Alaskan backdrop effectively underscores the numbness high school senior Winter Craig feels after her brand-new boyfriend, Spencer, dies in a plane crash. Reeling in sorrow, with the memories of their first (and last) kiss still fresh in her mind, Winter doesn't know how she can go back to living a normal life. When her neighbor Jesse starts showing signs of affection, she feels torn, as though her attraction to another boy is a form of betrayal. Beginning some chapters with Winter's romantic flashbacks of growing up with Spencer and others with literary quotes about love, Mills (Heartbreak River) creates a wrenching tale of love lost and found again. It's an innately melodramatic premise, and Winter's narration amplifies that aspect of this weepie, not always credibly ("I emerged from my room like a prisoner thrust upon a world I no longer remembered how to live in. Like Morgan Freeman's character in The Shawshank Redemption"). Nevertheless, Winter's arduous journey through grief will touch those who have shared her longing to recapture and rewrite the past. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)
VOYA - Ellen Frank
Winter Craig just shared a first kiss with her childhood friend, Spencer. Winter is graduating high school soon and is looking forward to a romantic relationship with him. The next morning, Spencer tragically dies in a plane crash, and Winter falls into a deep depression. She can't escape her memories of Spencer and her dreams of a future with him. Life in Tundra, Alaska, becomes even smaller than the small town it actually is. Jesse, the boy next door, and Lindsay, her best friend, have other expectations for Winter—they force her to come to terms with her loss and welcome others into the void she feels in her heart. The depression Winter feels while longing for her lost boyfriend can actually be felt in the short, simple sentences that make up this novel. The book may help teens who have experienced a loss see that healing takes time and effort. As Winter begins to heal, Mills begins each chapter with a quote from a Quote-a-Day calendar, for example, "Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place," by Zora Neale Hurston. This about sums up this book, with Winter crawling back into life, ever so slowly. Hope does indeed follow despair. The story, however, is filled with teen cliches that might quickly become dated. The book will be appropriate for lower middle school students, but it does include some mild foul language. Reviewer: Ellen Frank
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Winter Craig, a high school senior in Tundra, AK, finally musters the courage to confess her feelings to Spencer, her best friend and childhood crush, by inviting him to the Snow Ball. They instantly become a couple, but the very next day, Spencer is killed when he crashes his plane during a flight test. Now Winter and her friend Lindsay, who was also close to Spencer, are left to grieve for him in their own ways, which brings conflict at first, and then a deeper friendship between the girls. As Winter works through her loss, her neighbor Jesse is there for her, and now she also has to deal with her developing feelings for him, the guilt and confusion they bring, and the wrath of his mean ex. Chapters are separated by Winter's memories of Spencer, but as the plot evolves these thoughts are replaced with quotes about love taken from a Quote-a-Day calendar that he had given her. Mills's depiction of grief is real and well paced, as is the tension she builds around Winter and Jesse's budding relationship. This contemporary story packs a punch and is a suitable novel for booktalking.—Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595142887
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/12/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Tricia Millsg rew up in Kentucky and got her degree in print journalism. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, a marketing assistant, and a magazine managing editor, and she now freelance writes and edits full time. She and her husband live in Tennessee.

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Winter Longing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
StarryEyedHeart More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars I found out about Winter Longing when searching through my book recommendations online, but because of the mix reviews I wasn’t sure about purchasing it. About a day after I asked my friend if she read it and whether or not she liked it and she said it was “good” so I thought I’d give it a go. The story takes place in a small town called Tundra. Winter Craig is a high school senior who finally master the guts to ask out her friend and lifelong crush. But the day after, a devastating lost of her love was forced on to her and she falls into a dismal-soulless state. Day-by-day after the incident, Winter lives her life meaninglessly longing for the one she can’t physically hold anymore , until Jesse-her next door neighbor offers an unforeseen friendship. She is caught in a dilemma of what is right and what is wrong when mourning over a loved one, and at the very same time conscious of these denied feelings she keeps having for Jesse. This book was a quick and easy read, with a predictable plot, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The sweet little moments between Winter and Jesse is one of the reason I enjoyed the book! The pace of the book was surprisingly fast and to be honest I was not expecting it; books (well the ones I’ve read) with this plot line tends to drag. But then again what was I expecting from a 200 or so page book? I actually liked that it was going in the pace it was, considering I am the kind of reader who tends to space out often if a book does not offer enough captivating detail or happenings; it at least needs to move in a promising pace to keep me hooked. One thing I enjoyed about this book was that Tricia Mills immediately started off the book with the devastating event-readers are not able to meet Spencer, however, at the end of each chapter; on its own page she gives us the memories of Spencer and Winter which allows the readers to get a glimpse, little by little of their friendship throughout their moments together. I rated Winter Longing a 3.5 out of 5 stars because, yes, I liked that the book moved in a fast pace and the story itself was pretty good, however not enough was happening for me(it must be ALL those Sci-fi and fantasy books I’ve been reading!:p). Other than that for someone who enjoys a quick, easy, romantic read and want something they are able to quickly jump into and out of, then this book would be great for them.
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BirdieEEM More than 1 year ago
The book is based in a girls point of view named Winter. she has faced a loss of her best friend and her first kiss and she cant seem to figure out how she can move on from it. The boy next door isnt what he seems to be, she thought he was this jock who has thinks hes too good for people who also has a snooby girlfriend who gets what she wants when ever she wants it. But all that changes after the lose of the friend. The boy next door and Winter become closer and closer by the day. and the whole point of the book is figureing out if she can get over her lose of Spencer. i loved this book a lot! it is such a sweet romance and it truly makes u say "awwwwww." Im sure any girl can relate to Winter in some way or anotherm if its the lose of someone close, or just having a guy fall for u and u falling back unexpectedly. Its a believable story too. its not like those impossable love stories that could never be true. I recomend this book to people who like romance, or even if u dont read it! if u like Sarah Dessen you will love this book :)
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Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
"When Winter's best friend/true love Spencer dies, it's doubly crushing for our heroine. She's loved him since third grade, but now she tries to soldier on through the Alaskan win- ter, haunted by his memory. But there's a bright spot in her grieving--Jesse Kerr, her popular jock neighbor shows he cares for more than hockey when he carries her when she passes out, holds her when she cries, and more. His steady support helps her heal, and she begins to see her neighbor with fresh eyes. This story sets emotions in a whirl-- will Winter melt and wind up Jesse's girl?" I'm usually a plot girl, drawn in by grand concepts and complex wordbuilding, but sometimes it's good to settle down with a character-and-emotion focused book. Winter Longing is a great example of this type of story. For me, this book was a welcome trip into a regular contemporary YA landscape, and I was very much engaged with Winter's sorrow, struggles, and development. The small town Alaska setting of the story was refreshing. The author captured the whole vibe of the far-north lifestyle and the beauty of the environment without spending pages and pages on descriptions. When Spencer dies in a small plane crash, the repercussions in the tiny town are palpable. Winter has a second best friend, Lindsay, who was also close friends with Spencer, and a fair amount of page space is devoted to Lindsay and Winter coming to terms with each other after the accident. They each work out their grief in different ways, and they have to re-open the lines of communication so that they can support each other instead of standing at a distance. I liked reading about Lindsay because she isn't the type of best friend character who's just wedged into the narrative to fill up space or to give the MC someone to talk to--she's a strong, sympathetic character in her own right. The slow-moving attraction between Winter and Jesse, the neighbor guy she never considered as romantic material, is winningly portrayed. I liked it so much, I wanted a little more development. Seeing Jesse's POV would have helped on that score, but I realize that this isn't the story of the two of them so much as it's Winter's story. Also, I would have liked more description when it came to the characters. I don't think we're told the color of Jesse's hair until about halfway through the novel. Winter's memories of Spencer are all sweet and endearing, but if Spencer and Jesse were around at the same time, I think I would still support Jesse. Spencer's the thoughtful, bookish type and he does a thousand cute things to show that he appreciates Winter, but I'm not quite sure how he could go all those years without making a move when he truly liked her. Jesse, on the other hand, doesn't pressure Winter at all, but he does make it very evident that he cares for her as more than a friend, and he proves it with his everyday actions. Her regard for Spencer was a deep, sincere young love, but Winter's attachment to Jesse is a more grown-up and stable, and gives me faith that they could have a lasting relationship. Winter Longing reminded me of Simone Elkeles' writing, minus the antagonism between the guy and girl--Jesse and Winter aren't rivals in any way, though they have their own issues to overcome. Realistic characters with realistic responses to bereavement, and for a book about loss, it feels strangely comforting. A fantastic story.
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This book was really romanic and fluffy. In a good way. I loved reading it. Winter's life has ended. Her one true love whom she finally came out died after their very first kiss. Now she's not sure what do to or even to go on anymore. Until she get to know Jesse. A boy next door whom is there for her like nobody else. What I really like about this story, was ow Jesse is. He knows that Winter has been through a lot. And instead of pushing her, he step aside, holds her hands and is just there for her. He never pressures her, or even gets in her face about things. He is always steady and ready to there when she needed him. And slowly they fell in love as she begins to heal. Now I know some people may be like, "She fell in love with another guy right after the other one died!" Yes it may look this way, but I like how the concept of the book is finding love again even after we thought we lost it in the most least likely places. And you can't grive forever. Yes, he died. Yes, she was devasted, but she has a life worth living and should do so. Jesse in no means try to take Spencers place, instead he created his own loving her in his own way, guiding her back with love. Ms. Mills did a wonderful job writing this. I cried, and love the feeling of joy that flowed through my heart as I read her longing to be loved again. To want to love again. I love watching Winter slowly become herself again in Jesse. This is truly one romantic, touching read. If you love a good romance story with love, lif,e and meaning, read this book. It truly is inspiring and I love all the quotes she used in the book. My favorite quote was of course one from the bible Song of Solomon 3:4 "I found the one my heart loves"
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Winter, Spencer, and Lindsay are the best of friends. They spend every waking minute together, and are looking forward to their senior year of high school. Winter is also dreaming of attending fashion school in LA, far away from the sleepy Alaskan town of Tundra. She wonders what life will be like without her best friends, especially now that her feelings towards Spencer have begun to change. She is falling head-over-heels in love with him, and is unsure of how this will change their relationship. Winter is not given much time to explore this new chapter in her life; Spencer's newfound love of flying has cost him his life. Winter's world is shattered, and she has no idea if the pieces can be put back together. Reading this novel reminded me of Lurlene McDaniel's tales of lost love and heartache. Girl falls for her best friend; girl loses best friend/potential boyfriend; girl finds a new prospect in someone that always seemed a little out of reach. A definite tearjerker, many teenage girls will love this story because of the romance element. They will also enjoy it because there is hope for Winter. Every once in awhile, I enjoy reading a novel that ends happily-ever-after, and this one does not disappoint.