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"Woolston's morbid and layered debut delves into the shattered life of 16-year-old Loa, whose younger sister, Asta, died of a genetic mutation and who, more recently, lost a friend in a tragic accident. Loa suffers the effects of PTSD, including vivid nightmares and flashbacks, which are gracefully written and interspersed throughout. Amid their grief over Asta's death and financial problems, Loa's parents neglect her pain as the family tries to scrape by. 'After all those years of fighting hard, we lost. Now we get drunk. We hit each other. When the truck won't start, we punch the windshield so hard the shatterproof glass breaks. Is this depression or anger?' she asks. Loa is strong, but overburdened and isolated; laced with bleak humor, her deadened, searching narration carries this dark and highly promising first novel. The chapters begin with questions or statements, usually drawn from physics, biology, or math, which tie in to Loa's struggles ('What should you do if you are stuck on frictionless ice? Assume you are nude and there is no atmospheric resistance') as she tries to find her way. Ages 12 — 18. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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ISBN:
9780761362128
Author:
Woolston, Blythe
Publisher:
Carolrhoda Books
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Subject:
Emotional problems
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emotions and Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Series:
Carolrhoda YA
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
202
Dimensions:
7.76x6.12x.79 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 202 pages Carolrhoda Books - English 9780761362128 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Woolston's morbid and layered debut delves into the shattered life of 16-year-old Loa, whose younger sister, Asta, died of a genetic mutation and who, more recently, lost a friend in a tragic accident. Loa suffers the effects of PTSD, including vivid nightmares and flashbacks, which are gracefully written and interspersed throughout. Amid their grief over Asta's death and financial problems, Loa's parents neglect her pain as the family tries to scrape by. 'After all those years of fighting hard, we lost. Now we get drunk. We hit each other. When the truck won't start, we punch the windshield so hard the shatterproof glass breaks. Is this depression or anger?' she asks. Loa is strong, but overburdened and isolated; laced with bleak humor, her deadened, searching narration carries this dark and highly promising first novel. The chapters begin with questions or statements, usually drawn from physics, biology, or math, which tie in to Loa's struggles ('What should you do if you are stuck on frictionless ice? Assume you are nude and there is no atmospheric resistance') as she tries to find her way. Ages 12 — 18. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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