Possibility of Fireflies

Possibility of Fireflies

by Dominique Paul
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Possibility of Fireflies by Dominique Paul

I am sitting on my front stoop. I think it's about midnight. I was busy reading up until an hour ago, but my eyes started to hurt from squinting. Now it's just me and the waiting.

It's 1987 and fourteen-year-old Ellie Roma doesn't have much of a family. She lives with her mother, who has taken a break from parenting; and her older sister, Gwen, who is on her way to becoming a juvenile delinquent. Her father left them to start a new life.

So Ellie spends a lot of time alone, especially at night, when all she has to keep her company are the fireflies that flicker in the summer air. Then one day a mysterious stranger enters her dark world. He is Leo, twenty-one, who is on his way to Hollywood to become a rock star. Ellie and Leo connect instantly, and Ellie hopes Leo will be the one to rescue her from her unhappy life. But instead, Leo teaches Ellie that no one can save you. You have to go after what you want. So one night -- one terrible, frightening, thrilling night -- that's exactly what Ellie decides to do.

With a fresh perspective, first-time novelist Dominique Paul deftly weaves a family drama about chaos and dysfunction, with a young girl's journey of triumph. Full of humor and sorrow, heartbreak and hope, The Possibility of Fireflies is really a story that we all have to tell: the story of the summer we grew up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416913108
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dominique Paul grew up in a Maryland suburb just outside of Washington, D.C., and received her BA in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a screenwriter. The Possibility of Fireflies is her first novel.

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Possibility of Fireflies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. It was a very....um......whats the word for it? Undescribable tale. I love Ellies journey.
Dorothy Martin More than 1 year ago
Great book loved it.
Regina Williams More than 1 year ago
Best book i ever read. I couldn't put it down. Would read it again.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Every so often a book comes along that is so good it feels more like it grew than it was written, like it came into being through its own sheer force of will. That is exactly how I feel about this book.

Ellie Roma is a freshman in high school. She has her fair share of normal high school problems; she hates school, she only has a few friends, she`s insecure about the way she looks, her sister seems like she's become an alien, etc. Ellie's got some bigger problems, though. She's new in town. As if that isn't bad enough, they moved three times when they first got to town. The last time was just next door, so everyone in the neighborhood thinks they're nuts. Her parents recently got divorced, and she hasn't seen her dad in a few months. Oh, and her mom has decided to "take a vacation from parenting."

Ever since her parents' divorce Ellie feels like nothing in her life makes sense. Her sister, Gwen, has completely switched personalities, from cheerleader to juvenile delinquent. Her mother, well, Ellie says it best; "...it's more like she's come unraveled. Like he was the last bit of glue that was keeping her together, and now that he's gone, all the broken parts can take over." Ellie spends a lot of time locked out of the house, basically living by her mom's whim. It's starting to get to the point where it's easier to lie than to tell the truth. Consciously trying to escape her mother's notice, Ellie has become an observer in her own life.

The book is told by Ellie, as things happen. At first it's all observation and barely scratches the surface of Ellie. As the story progresses Ellie opens up more, and allows herself to be a bit more vulnerable. The more vulnerable she lets herself become, the more she begins to be involved in her own life, and the more involved we become. Somehow, before you know it, you are living and breathing inside Ellie's story. By the end of it my heart felt like it had been taken, broken, and given back in the most tender, loving, beautiful way.

At its simplest level this is a coming of age story, but it's also a story of survival, strength, love, hope, and most of all possibility.
Sincerely_Krissy More than 1 year ago
I love Ellie so much. When I read the blurb I knew I was going to love the book, but I didn't know just how much. I am sixteen but I relate to Fourteen-year-old Ellie just perfectly. Although things aren't really rough at home, I felt the loneliness and needing, wanting to be saved. And I, too, have looked to someone older, right away thinking that he'd be the one to save me. The ending just really tugged on my heart even harder, and I teared. Maybe it was because I just felt like I was Ellie. Whatever it was, I've read this book three times since I got it. And I have the need to read it again. I normally do not like to read books that were set years ago, but this one was just the perfect time. I really want to thank Dominique Paul for bringing this book to life. It means an entire city to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, I COULD NOT put it down. It was such a good book, maybe the best I've ever read. It's so different and surprising. I almost cried at the end too! It is a definite must-read book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Possibility of Fireflies was one of the best books I have read yet. Dominique Paul makes it feel like you're actually in Ellie's shoes and can feel the actual tension in the room when her mother hits her older rebellious sister, Gwen again. The story is emotional, realistic and keeps you reading from the cover to the very end. She describes the swelling of a fast-beating heart so well that it makes you envious to fall in love just like the main character, Ellie. I can barely wait for the motion picture to come out and for the sequel. And I'm sure you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh i loved this book i seriously could'nt stop reading it. i think some teens can relate to gwen and ellies relationship with ther parents, i know i do i think there should be a sequle oh and at the end i actually cried and i was disappointed it was over no lie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is set in the 1980's and is seen through the eyes of 14 year old Ellie. I feel this book is a very honest coming of age story that actually brought me to tears. It is a story of a broken home, a friend, love...and hope. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dominique Paul visited Wootton High School today, the school she attended, and talked to us about her inspirations for this novel. I would just like to say what an amazing person she is...she is so real and so many teens can relate to her story. This is a worth-while read and to also watch out for the movie adaptation of this book which starts filming in March of 2007...it stars Kelly Preston and Michelle Tractenburg... MYSPACE/dominiquepaul
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow! this book was really good! I the type of person that useually NEVER finishes books, and i actually finished it! D. Paul did a wonderful job for it being her first novel. I cant wait to see if she wries another!
TheAaronChicka More than 1 year ago
This book has made me disrespect non-vampire books. When you read this book-which i hope you won't- please don't be dissappointed because you should really expect it because of the way it starts out and the scene where she and her sister and mother are standing. Just terrible. You shouldn't even waste your valuable time writing a bad report. Stick with vampire books if you're a twilight lover. Here are some recommendations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very disappointing. I would never recommend it to anyone. Especially for young teens. There are some language in there that doesn't need to be read.