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Book Title: Girlhearts|
The author of the book: Norma Fox Mazer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.66 MB
Edition: Harper Teen
Date of issue: November 5th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780380722907
Read full description of the books Girlhearts:Reread November 2015:
Well Past Self called it because I reread this and am bumping it from 3 stars to 4. If I read it again, I'll probably give it 5.
One, Sarabeth's friends are in it more than I remember and they are lovely. Yay, Patty. And Leo is there at important times and says things that make me love him.
Two, there are so many sad and beautiful moments in this book. God, my heart broke reading about how much she misses her mom--remembering her last moments with her in the rain, hearing Cynthia talk sweetly to Darren and feeling angry.
"And then, when Chester Jay stopped in front of my house, I remembered something else, not from long ago, but from yesterday morning. How Mom had almost had to beg me for a kiss. How I had bent over and stingily, for an instant only, let my lips touch her cheek."
Then later: "[Cynthia] started kissing Darren again on his neck, his fat little arms, his cheeks, his nose. Kisses and love. From the couch, though I could hardly bear to watch, I did. I watched, grinding my teeth, as if my envy was a piece of old dry bread." My heart.
The swing pushing scene. Walking around with Darren. Oh, Sarabeth!
"I was jagged now; I had sharp edges. I was righteous, too, ready to shout through the fire in my heart at anyone who crossed my path. Do you know how lucky you are, or are you too stupid to know?"
"And that last night came back to me again so vividly. Mom in her red dress, the two of us running through the rain, hand in hand. She'd been laughing, and I kept telling her to be quiet, and neither of us knew that with each moment that passed, she was already dying, her heart starting to fail her, her body getting ready to separate from her life, from me."
Original review, November 2013, 3 stars:
Holy shit, a sequel to Silver!!!! This is next on the to-read list!
...Aaaaaaaand now I've read it. Oh, Sarabeth, I missed you. But also, oh, this was hard for me to read. I felt like I knew Sarabeth and her world so well from reading Silver 10,000 times. It's surreal to be back in that world. But only kind of. Because right away Sarabeth's mom dies. And everything changes. Sarabeth's voice and character are the same, but definitely lost, sad, angry, everything she should be, of course, without her mom. But I remember Sarabeth, yes, being innocent, but also so strong, and it was hard for me to read her like this. Adrift. I guess it's stupid to say but Sarabeth...I don't know...was kind of my friend. My book friend. And I didn't like her going through this. There. I said it. Sarabeth Silver is my friend and I didn't like that we put her through this, Norma Fox Mazer. (Even though I love you too, Norma Fox Mazer. So much. RIP)
I also really, really missed all of her friends! I loved her friends! I loved Sarabeth discovering them and becoming part of their group and their secrets and jokes and friend rituals. I loved that they called her 'Silver'. I loved Sarabeth's cat and mom and mom's boyfriend and all of their relationships. And now we have...Sarabeth trying to move on from her mother's death, living with her mom's best friend, not having a space anymore, feeling confused and left out. No cat even! Hardly any Leo! And her friends are barely in the book because that's not the focus anymore.
Sarabeth is still strong and you know she'll have a happy ending. She's already on her way there when the book ends. And I'll probably reread this book and like it and it probably deserves more stars from me. But I'm just sad. So there. Only 3 stars for you, Girlhearts.
Fun fact, though. I completely devoured this book on my birthday. Happy birthday to meeeeee!!!! Hanging out with my best book friend forever.
Read information about the authorNorma Fox Mazer was an American author and teacher, best known for her books for children and young adults.
She was born in New York City but grew up in Glens Falls, New York, with parents Michael and Jean Garlan Fox. Mazer graduated from Glens Falls High School, then went to Antioch College, where she met Harry Mazer, whom she married in 1950; they have four children, one of whom, Anne Mazer, is also a writer. She also studied at Syracuse University.
New York Times Book Review contributor Ruth I. Gordon wrote that Mazer "has the skill to reveal the human qualities in both ordinary and extraordinary situations as young people mature....it would be a shame to limit their reading to young people, since they can show an adult reader much about the sometimes painful rite of adolescent passage into adulthood."
Among the honors Mazer earned for her writing were a National Book Award nomination in 1973, an American Library Association Notable Book citation in 1976, inclusion on the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year list in 1976, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1978, an Edgar Award in 1982, German Children's Literature prizes in 1982 and 1989, and a Newbery Medal in 1988.
Mazer taught in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program at Vermont College.
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