For fans of Lurlene McDaniel, this is a heartwrenching chronicle of a teen girl's experiences with her mother's brain cancer, based on the author's own life
Mindy has always relied upon her mother-to listen to her, to ease the tension between Mindy and her withdrawn father, to love her. Then her mother is diagnosed with a brain tumor. After her surgery, she is no longer a laughing, lively presence. She has lost the power of speech, and her memory-and Mindy has lost her mother forever. Based upon Joan Abelove's own life, here is the wrenching story of a girl losing her mother early, a girl with a father who will not acknowledge what is going on-a girl who could have been you, or someone you know.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.41(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.39(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
oan Abelove is an American writer of young adult novels. She attended Barnard College and has a Ph.D in cultural anthropology from the City University of New York. She spent two years in the jungles of Peru as part of her doctoral research and used the experience as background for her first novel, Go and Come Back (1998). Go and Come Back earned numerous awards and citations, including a "Best Books for Young Adults" selection of the American Library Association and "Book Prize Finalist" selection of the Los Angeles Times. she also wrote Saying it Out Loud. She is also in a critique group with Gail Carson Levine, writer of "Ella Enchanted" and "Writing Magic", a guide for child authors who wish to make their stories better. Joan Abelove now lives in New York city with her husband and son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book really hit me in a good way. Dealing with the tought times is difficult. This book can make you open your eyes!
This is a great story about a girl that is trying to come to terms withe the fact that her mother is dieing. Her mother has a brain tumor. She doesn't like that things are change and she thinks that she should have a normal life. She also starts to think about how much she loves and misses her mother.
This book is the memoirs of a teenager, Mindy, who is losing her mother. The story begins with her mother in a hospital and the doctor's prognosis, a brain tumor. The rest of the novel moves forward in time, but back and forth through memories of her mother's on and off stays in hospitals before anyone knew what was wrong with her. Mindy's father is an emotionally distant man towards his teenage daughter. He seems to not know how to handle the changes he sees in her and the changes that are happening to his wife and in his life. He has become a very regimented man in order to deal with the loss of control he is experiencing. His lack of ability to feel strongly about what is happening in their lives requires Mindy to deal with losing her father and her mother at a time when she may need them most. The intermittent springing forth of memories by Mindy of how her mother was or idiosyncracies of her mother that help to define who her mother is and was are difficult for the reader to follow at times and laden with personal meaning. Mindy is desperately seeking meaning in what is happening to her mother and how what is happening affects what is to become of Mindy when her mother dies. The writing style and the questions asked in this novel are honest and painful at times. Each entry is dated to help the reader keep a time-line understanding of the events as they occur even when the occurrence of them for Mindy is anything but linear. As events happen, she pulls from the past and brings memories forward in an attempt to understand her present. This book is an excellent example of importance of meaning-making in the face of some of life's hardest trials.