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neversaid

Product Details

By Carol Lynch Williams

256 pages; 2015

“Getting what you wish for, hope for, want, always comes with a price, doesn’t it?”

This was a good book all round, but hard reading in the sense of raw and very sad. It is the story of two sisters: Annie, who is beautiful and accomplished, and Sarah, who is totally withdrawn and doesn’t measure up. It is also the story of a bad secret. There is a dramatic turn of events when Annie checks out, quits the beauty pageant path, and starts gaining weight. No-one in the family seems to get it together, and things spiral downwards.
However, the story ends well, and I’d recommend this for upper school students. It’s beautifully told.

Nest – doesn’t rhyme with rest

Nest

  • debut novel by Esther Ehrlich
  • 336 pages
  •  designated grades 5 – 8

The cover of this book comes over as cozy, sweet, and safe, but the story soon rips that notion apart. In her debut novel, Ehrlich takes on some very hard and serious themes.  Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein lives with her family near the salt marshes of Cape Cod.  The setting is idyllic, but the situation is far from being so.  Chirp’s mother is diagnosed with MS, and the family struggles to come to terms with it.  The writing is tight and beautiful, layered and insightful.  Ehrlich communicates panic and despair but a certain though tenous hope.  Friendship and family relationships are believable but fraught with emotion. Rachel, Chirp’s sister, and Joey, her best friend, are masterfully developed. The story is so compelling but very sad. There are no glib answers here, just kids making things more complicated than ever, (and me saying: No!!! Please don’t do that!!)  This book is worth reading, but it is rough and therefore not for everyone.  If I was a parent, I’d probably read this before recommending it to my child. Literature can be a great way to approach grim topics and talk about them. Also available on audio.

A further review by MS librarian, Akossiwa K is found at: Akossiwa and “Nest” review