When I read a particularly good book, I tend to pace, shout at characters or shout as a character, and when I reach an embarrassing part my cheeks turn pink and I have to put the book down. If I am reading and someone disturbs me, I become annoyed. Because( yes I know sentences shouldn’t start with because, and or but) while I am reading a book I am not here and most likely I am not me. Most likely I am in book world and inside the story or I have become the main character.
This post is actually a recommendation for a book I just read, but I wanted to add the above.
Title: Drawing the Ocean
Author: Carolyn MacCullough
Genera: Realistic Fiction
Who should Read it? Girls, Age: Amazon says 7th grade and up or 12 to 17 years old, I think the book is great for everyone above 12. Ten is the lowest I would go if the reader is mature.
About: ” What I know. When the door opened and the wedge of light widened, you vanished. We were twelve. Part of me will be twelve forever. All of you will be”- from the book. Sadie’s twin brother died when they were twelve, yet she continues to see him. Moving to a new town and new high school can be hard, especially if you are the girl who talks to her dead brother. She paints her feelings about everything and holds the truth close to herself. Sadie hides her true self in order to fit in and be normal. But who does that make her? and is it who she wants to be?
Another summary( from amazon.com paraphrased from the book):
A gifted painter, Sadie comes from California to Connecticut determined to fit in at her new school. Yet her first attempt at making friends in the new town backfires when she reaches out to the loner everyone calls Fryin’ Ryan, the very last person who can help her achieve her dream. And to further complicate matters, her twin brother, Ollie, keeps appearing to her, seeming to want something. Her twin brother, who died when they were twelve.
WARNING: This book is sad, I cried, but I am very emotional . There is also a high school party in the book, which involved beer and drugs. Also there are some teenage pranks.
Review(found at amazon, not complete review): Characters of every age come to life with vivid descriptions and dialogue that make this spare mood piece work. The pain of the parents who want to overprotect their last child, the friendly principal, Lila’s mother’s cryptic style that never masks her suffering, the sleazy coach who teaches driver’s ed, and even deadpan Lila’s uncharacteristic emotional outburst all fuel the fugue that is Sadie’s gradual connection to what truly matters to her.—Carol A. Edwards, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO
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Other Notes:”Sad is happy for deep people”- Sally Sparrow, from Doctor Who episode Blink. That’s what this book is.