Escape Velocity

Escape Velocity

by Robin Stevenson

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Overview

Lou's dad has been addicted to painkillers since an accident left him unable to work. He's a good, loving dad, but kind of useless. Lou's mother, Zoe, a successful novelist, abandoned Lou at birth and showed no interest in her until three years ago, when Lou was twelve. Their relationship since then has been strained, but when Lou's dad has a stroke, there is nowhere else for her to go while he recovers. Lou struggles to find her bearings and figure out why her mom left her all those years ago. She is convinced the answers are in Zoe's fiction, but when Lou's grandmother, Heather, appears at a reading, Lou realizes she may have misjudged her mother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554698684
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 645 KB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Robin Stevenson is the author of ten books for children and young adults. Robin has also worked as a social worker, counselor and university instructor. She enjoys reading, traveling, visiting schools and talking to people of all ages about books and writing. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.

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I open the top drawer, my heart pounding. A row of file folders, alternating blue and gray, all neatly labeled. Clippings, Documents, Letters...I stop, about to pull out the Letters file, but then I notice the next file: Lou. The skin on the back of my neck prickles, and I shiver. I raise my hand to life out the file and, just as my fingers touch it, I hear my mother's key in the lock.

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Escape Velocity 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
curioussquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lou's story started off fine; a little cliche, but it just never really got any better. I had some trouble getting into the book and believing in the plot and the characters. While everything was realistic enough, something always seemed a bit off. I did start to enjoy Lou's story near the end, but it was too little too late - when I finally got interested, the book was over. Most of the plot twists I saw coming, and Lou's stubborn insistence on viewing her mother's book as an authority started to get to me after awhile. Not sure if it was because I was too old for the book, but I just failed to ever really get interested.
spartyliblover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lou just wants to know the truth. She does what she can to find out about who her mother really is and why she left Lou and her dad. Through a heart-wrench journey about finding the truth, learning about yourself and coming into your own, Lou may discover things she wasn't expecting to find. Lou is a lovable and relatable character that you want to cheer on to a better life than what she has. A good read for teens that are struggling with identity. This review refers to an advanced reader copy.
kissmeimgone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book exceeded my expectations to be honest. After Lou, a Canadian girl's dad has a heart attack, she is forced to live with her mother that she barely knows whos a well-known author. Out of curiousity and yearning to know the truth of why her mother gave her up to her dad the day she was born, Lou begins to search for the answer in her mother's books and what she finds is an interesting twist she never expected. A good read, I'd defintley recommend this book.
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lou is a teenager living in Alberta with her father, and she's miserable. She has no life, no friends, and her father's deteriorating health and prescription drug addictions are driving her mad. Her mother, a famous poet and author, left minutes after she was born. They reconnected when she was a older, but things have happened since that makes it difficult for them to speak to each other. When the unthinkable happens and Lou's dad ends up in the hospital after a stroke, she is shipped off to live with the mother she hardly knows. Lou decides to make the best of the situation and tries to figure out why her mother left. She is convinced the answer will be found somewhere in her mother's writing, but the conclusion Lou draws is not a happy one.Lou rubbed me the wrong way. The author seemed to be trying to make her optimistic and hopeful, but it just didn't seem to come across the pages right. She had few original ideas and it often seemed like she just didn't get it - any of it. The situation between her and her father seemed extremely unrealistic and I had a hard time relating to them. The strain between Lou and her mother really held the story together for me. With both of them trying to figure their lives and themselves out, they keep missing what really matters most in their relationship.I saw most of the final twist coming, but it was a bit more dramatic than I anticipated. The book ended nicely for me - it left things open to continue in the imagination, but closed enough to give me resolution.3/5
Jadesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and had a hard time putting it down. This book is about a sixteen year old girl named Lou who lives with her Dad, and Lou's dad has some health issues that have been a strain on their relationship. Lou's father suffers a heart attack and she is forced to go live with her mother, who abandoned her at birth. Lou has had very limited contact with her mother, who is a writer, and has a hard time adjusting to living with her mother.I have to say, this book had a few parts that were very predictable, but the author didn't let it drag on too long, which I was very happy with! All in all, I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to my friends.
katrinasoper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Escape Velocity was the book I won for the early readers group.I tried to start it right away, but the beginning, frankly, just bored me. Lou's life sounded so depressing that everytime i tried to read it, I would just feel bad, and whats the point of reading a book that only makes you feel bad? Well, you know how people say those books that are hard to read because they are sad are really good books once you finish them? So, taking on that mind set, I started again. I got through it but I was not impressed. Lou has a horrible life. A dad that tries but doesn't really do anything. A mom that left her, and doesn't want her, but occasionally calls her up to chat about her latest boyfriend...no friends, drug use, etc. I felt bad for her, but at the same time I just really could not connect with her mind set. Her personality seemed kind of unreal, and how she reacted to things seemed pushed. I got mad at the other charcters in the book so much-especially her mom-and so I felt bad for Lou. But here's the thing. When you take on writing a book about hardship, about someone who has little to love and be loved, and has a practically horrible life, you have to make the charcter a strong person. You have to show the growth and maturity that comes from being in that situation and surviving it. And I didn't even feel that Lou was extremely victorious anyways. I wish I could of connected with her more, but unfortunatly because I didn't, this book was rough, and unsatisfying. On the bright side it made me go hug my mom. Tough subject matter; maybe my reaction is different than others will be though. Definitely older teen age group. Could be good for someone going through a hard time with parents divorce, etc.
BrittDonohueWhite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lou's mother abandoned her immediately after her birth and her disabled musician father has been taking care of her ever since. When he suffers a heart attack Lou is forced to live with her mother and try to understand the motivation behind her actions. Lou must also figure out how she feels about her mother and her father as well as what she wants from life.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
82. Escape Velocity by Robin Stevenson Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Pages: 240 Acquired: 10/18/11 Book of Your Shelf? No Why I read it: First Reads Series: No Lou is a teenager living in Alberta with her father, and she's miserable. She has no life, no friends, and her father's deteriorating health and prescription drug addictions are driving her mad. Her mother, a famous poet and author, left minutes after she was born. They reconnected when she was a older, but things have happened since that makes it difficult for them to speak to each other. When the unthinkable happens and Lou's dad ends up in the hospital after a stroke, she is shipped off to live with the mother she hardly knows. Lou decides to make the best of the situation and tries to figure out why her mother left. She is convinced the answer will be found somewhere in her mother's writing, but the conclusion Lou draws is not a happy one. Lou rubbed me the wrong way. The author seemed to be trying to make her optimistic and hopeful, but it just didn't seem to come across the pages right. She had few original ideas and it often seemed like she just didn't get it - any of it. The situation between her and her father seemed extremely unrealistic and I had a hard time relating to them. The strain between Lou and her mother really held the story together for me. With both of them trying to figure their lives and themselves out, they keep missing what really matters most in their relationship. I saw most of the final twist coming, but it was a bit more dramatic than I anticipated. The book ended nicely for me - it left things open to continue in the imagination, but closed enough to give me resolution. 3/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has me wanting a sequel. It is such a great read with a giggle here and there. Definitely not a waste of time.