Thaw

Thaw

by Monica M. Roe
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Thaw 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TyJensen3939 More than 1 year ago
Thaw by Monica M. Roe is a breath-taking novel about a young teen that looses everything at the hands of a brutal disease. Dane Rafferty was the best skier on his high school skiing team. Dane was a smart, loved teen, but then all of the sudden he was paralyzed by Guillian-Barre Syndrome. He knows he has over a 75% chance to recover from this disease after hearing the doctors talking. Nothing has ever stopped him before so why would this time be any different? Dane is a very obnoxious person who doesn't appreciate a whole lot. An example from the book shows his personality. "I don't even mind that ill feel like crap when 6:00 a.m. rolls around. I can bet, though, that half my team will put in a half assed practice because of tonight's alcoholic stupor" (p.77). This statement shows his arrogance and how he doesn't see people at the same level as him. When Dane Rafferty was first diagnosed with the disease he became very scared. But through hard work he slowly began regaining control over himself. Dane becomes very proud over every feat he makes. "I must have ringed the bell 50 times that day. But Jensen 2 it was worth it. I could turn the pages of my book. I warm rush of triumph consumed my body" (p.154). This quote shows Danes strength and determination. The Mr. Rafferty, Danes father, is the least supportive father that has been read of. During Danes time in the hospital his father hardly ever visits, and when he does spare the time to visit he complains about how disappointed he is at Dane, due to lack of progress. "Come on Dane just stand up! After 2 months why is this so damn hard for you!" (p.206). The statement above is one of the many examples of Mr. Rafferty's abusive and harsh words. In the end, Thaw by Monica M. Roe explains the struggles of a young boy trying to overcome a harsh disease. Through hard work and determination, Dane works everyday to try and overcome a disease that took his normal life away. Even though Dane receives constant verbal abuse from his father he does his best to stay strong and keep fighting. This is a very good novel expressing the human will. I suggest it to anyone who has a taste for heart-wrenching novels.
Ryan_Everett More than 1 year ago
The book is really good it has amazing characters and a very thrilling plot. A boy is sent from New York to Florida to go to a hospital for physical therapy. It got kind of confusing for me but i figured it out when he has flashbacks to when he use to be able to ski and and walk. The flashbacks also talk about him and his ex-girlfriend and she loved him way more than he did with her, but now in this hospital he learns that he misses her more than he ever thought he would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well-developed, the story engaging and educational. I hope to see more titles by this author or maybe even a sequel!