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"IF SHE DIES, I'll die," are the words 15-year-old Mia Perlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Nine days later, Mia's mother is dead, and Mia, her older sister, and her father must find a way to live on in the face of sudden, unfathomable loss. But even in grief, there is the chance for new beginnings in this poignant, funny, and hopeful novel.

Review:

"Anyone who has grieved the loss of a loved one will feel an immediate connection to Mia, the narrator of this intimate novel. Mia is a freshman at the Bronx High School of Science when her mother dies 12 days after being diagnosed with cancer. During the next several months, life falls back into a routine, but everything that Mia experiencesmeeting new people, watching her father fall in love again, and discovering the difference between infatuation and loveis accompanied by a sense of longing. Haunted by memories of her mother, Mia is feeling particularly vulnerable when tragedy strikes a second time, as her father suffers a heart attack. His subsequent bypass surgery goes well; nonetheless, Mia remains painfully aware of the consequences of mortality. Not until she befriends a cancer survivor does she begin to trust in life again. Despite its title, this novel does not offer a 'cure' for Mia's heartbreak. Rather, it gives readers a keenly insightful study of grief. Rabb balances sorrow with humor, and sprinkles quotes by renowned writers on the subjects of love and loss as additional food for thought. The author, who like Mia lost her mother as a young adult, writes with authority and precision." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Anyone who has grieved the loss of a loved one will feel an immediate connection to Mia, the narrator of this intimate novel. Mia is a freshman at the Bronx High School of Science when her mother dies 12 days after being diagnosed with cancer. During the next several months, life falls back into a routine, but everything that Mia experiences — meeting new people, watching her father fall in love again, and discovering the difference between infatuation and love — is accompanied by a sense of longing. Haunted by memories of her mother, Mia is feeling particularly vulnerable when tragedy strikes a second time, as her father suffers a heart attack. His subsequent bypass surgery goes well; nonetheless, Mia remains painfully aware of the consequences of mortality. Not until she befriends a cancer survivor does she begin to trust in life again. Despite its title, this novel does not offer a 'cure' for Mia's heartbreak. Rather, it gives readers a keenly insightful study of grief. Rabb balances sorrow with humor, and sprinkles quotes by renowned writers on the subjects of love and loss as additional food for thought. The author, who like Mia lost her mother as a young adult, writes with authority and precision. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Black humor, pitch-perfect detail, and compelling characters make this a terrific read, despite the pain that permeates every superbly written page." School Library Journal

Review:

"Cures for Heartbreak is a sad, funny, smart, endlessly poignant novel....It made me feel grateful for my life, for my family, and above all for the world that brings us gifts like the gift of Margo Rabb." Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Review:

"[F]ull of sadness, humor, and quirky details that ring completely true. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep

Synopsis:

"IF SHE DIES, I'll die," are the words 15-year-old Mia Perlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Nine days later, Mia's mother is dead, and Mia, her older sister, and her father must find a way to live on in the face of sudden, unfathomable loss. But even in grief, there is the chance for new beginnings in this poignant, funny, and hopeful novel.

About the Author

Margo Rabb grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her stories have been broadcast on National Public Radio, and have been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New England Review, and elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385734028
Author:
Rabb, Margo
Publisher:
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Author:
Rabb, M. E.
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Publication Date:
20070213
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.49 x 6 x 0.93 in 0.83 lb
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 256 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385734028 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Anyone who has grieved the loss of a loved one will feel an immediate connection to Mia, the narrator of this intimate novel. Mia is a freshman at the Bronx High School of Science when her mother dies 12 days after being diagnosed with cancer. During the next several months, life falls back into a routine, but everything that Mia experiencesmeeting new people, watching her father fall in love again, and discovering the difference between infatuation and loveis accompanied by a sense of longing. Haunted by memories of her mother, Mia is feeling particularly vulnerable when tragedy strikes a second time, as her father suffers a heart attack. His subsequent bypass surgery goes well; nonetheless, Mia remains painfully aware of the consequences of mortality. Not until she befriends a cancer survivor does she begin to trust in life again. Despite its title, this novel does not offer a 'cure' for Mia's heartbreak. Rather, it gives readers a keenly insightful study of grief. Rabb balances sorrow with humor, and sprinkles quotes by renowned writers on the subjects of love and loss as additional food for thought. The author, who like Mia lost her mother as a young adult, writes with authority and precision." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Anyone who has grieved the loss of a loved one will feel an immediate connection to Mia, the narrator of this intimate novel. Mia is a freshman at the Bronx High School of Science when her mother dies 12 days after being diagnosed with cancer. During the next several months, life falls back into a routine, but everything that Mia experiences — meeting new people, watching her father fall in love again, and discovering the difference between infatuation and love — is accompanied by a sense of longing. Haunted by memories of her mother, Mia is feeling particularly vulnerable when tragedy strikes a second time, as her father suffers a heart attack. His subsequent bypass surgery goes well; nonetheless, Mia remains painfully aware of the consequences of mortality. Not until she befriends a cancer survivor does she begin to trust in life again. Despite its title, this novel does not offer a 'cure' for Mia's heartbreak. Rather, it gives readers a keenly insightful study of grief. Rabb balances sorrow with humor, and sprinkles quotes by renowned writers on the subjects of love and loss as additional food for thought. The author, who like Mia lost her mother as a young adult, writes with authority and precision. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Black humor, pitch-perfect detail, and compelling characters make this a terrific read, despite the pain that permeates every superbly written page."
"Review" by , "Cures for Heartbreak is a sad, funny, smart, endlessly poignant novel....It made me feel grateful for my life, for my family, and above all for the world that brings us gifts like the gift of Margo Rabb."
"Review" by , "[F]ull of sadness, humor, and quirky details that ring completely true. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
"Synopsis" by , "IF SHE DIES, I'll die," are the words 15-year-old Mia Perlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Nine days later, Mia's mother is dead, and Mia, her older sister, and her father must find a way to live on in the face of sudden, unfathomable loss. But even in grief, there is the chance for new beginnings in this poignant, funny, and hopeful novel.
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