Synopses & Reviews
What is It About Alison?
For one thing, she has rules:
- When stealing a rowboat, ALWAYS check that the oars are the same length, so you don't go in circles.
- In reference to your best friend's crush, KEEP your feelings to yourself.
- NEVER use your locker if that's where you were standing when told the very worst news of all.
But rules -- like hearts -- are meant to be broken.
From Catherine Clark, author of Frozen Rodeo, comes a profound story of friendship, love, and loss.
"High school sophomore Alison is withdrawing: She broke up with her senior football quarterback boyfriend, avoids hanging out with her dad and younger brother, and has removed most of the photographs from her bedroom bulletin board. Her life revolves around her mouthy best friend Laurie and the news stories she writes for the school paper. When Patrick transfers into school, they become an offbeat group (Laurie tells Alison she likes him, and while Alison develops a crush on him, too, she thinks, 'I couldn't let down my defenses'). Alison's first-person narrative plants clues along the way that something tragic happened to her mother, but the fight scene between Alison and Laurie that finally divulges the details feels scripted. Readers may also have a hard time believing in the book's final tragic turn. The real strength here lies in Clark's (Truth or Dairy) ability to create a very real world through vivid details: Alison's dad takes the kids to Salvage City warehouse, where's he's obsessed with products like Mister Fizzee 'which almost never lived up to its name' and the local kids hang out drinking beer at the river's boat launch. The author also realistically presents grief as a slow and difficult process, and readers will admire Alison's ultimate realization that 'rules hadn't saved me from anything.' Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the author of such lighthearted books as "Frozen Rodeo" comes this new novel of immense depth and warmth that tells the heartwrenching story of friendship, love, and loss.
About the Author
Catherine Clark is the author of Frozen Rodeo and Truth or Dairy. A native of western Massachusetts, she now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.