Synopses & Reviews
Taylor Jane Simon is an eighteen-year-old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome who has a refreshingly different view of the people she encounters and the life she wants to have. Young adult readers will identify with Taylor’s struggle for independence and self-control, and empathize as she outlines the ways—both positive and negative-- that her Asperger’s Syndrome affects her daily life. Connecting with a play by Samuel Beckett, Taylor explores a fear of solitary existence while reaching out to a world at times perplexing. Most important, Taylor wants to be seen as an individual, not as a stereotypical “person with special needs,” or a rare wild flower—images that haunt her from the past. A cameo performance by Taylor’s new gerbil -- Harold Pinter-- adds further emphasis to themes of existentialism and humour.
About the Author
""Something to Hang On To"" marks BEVERLEY BRENNA's fifth publication for young readers. The protagonist of her acclaimed YA novel, ""Wild Orchid"" (Red Deer Press), which was nominated for the Canadian Library Association's Reader's Choice award in three different provinces and was listed on the New York Public Library's Recommended Books for the Teen Age in 2007, resurfaces in her short fiction collection ""Something to Hang On To"".