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Dizzy Paperback – September 8, 2005
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It's well written and as I said, cute, but some parts were boring. Granted, I'm 33, so something written for junior high kids is going to be boring on some level. The characters are entertaining and well-written. I think young girls in the 5-7th grade age range with an alternative streak will love this book.
It was an interesting story and unique, one that almost no one else could tell. I mean, what's it like to be a modern, wandering hippie? I couldn't tell you. The author writes like she knows what it's like to be there. My problem with it is that I'm not sure that I really wanted to know. The subject matter was a little unsettling. A lot of the pages in this book were devoted to the first Festival experience. As soon as they moved away from that environment I liked the book better.
I'm an adult, so I don't know if kids reading this book would find the plot as obvious as I did.
Mouse's character was the most awkwardly handled of any in the book. That's understandable since he was the most disturbed. We were shown throughout the book that Mouse was unpredictable, but his fire juggling propensity still seemed to be introduced too abruptly; aside from that, this kid is only seven! His skill level was astonishing and, frankly, unbelievable. Despite the blatant foreshadowing of tragedy, the tragedy at least was not the exact one we were expecting.
I found Dizzy's insecure feelings about her dad more and more believable each time they came up. I thought that was handled exceptionally well. It seemed obvious to me that her dad loved her and was out of his mind with worry, but I also became convinced of Dizzy's uncertainty about his feelings for her.
The "kidnapping" was very obvious from the start, but I'm hard-pressed to figure out how it could have been less so. Arggh! Storm was so selfish and manipulative. Tess was wonderful.Read more ›
I bought "Dizzy" last year in the 8th grade and read it in a matter of days. I adore this book. Cathy Cassidy, being British herself, is a genius when it comes to writing. Her style is fresh and simple, with sybolism that isn't put in your face. Yes, I found the beginning obvious as well, but I was able to get myself over this and enjoy the rest of the story. Many people might find this book slow and boring and action-less, but I loved following Dizzy around the forests with Finn (a boy with dreadlocks and his soul in a guitar), Mouse (a confused, trouble-making orphan), and Leggit (a scruffy, laughable dog) and throughout the festivals where she hangs out with fourtune-tellers and paints faces.
And the story is very real, tackling subjects some authors overdo and exaggerate--parental disappointment, the confusing times between pre-teen and teen, responsibility, and the different sorts of love between family and friends. I loved the whole "New Age Traveler" topic and I guess this story can really show that love--and, unfortunately, disappointment--can come from all different walks of life, and that life really is just a spinning, ever-changing, dizzy experience.
Cassidy's other books, Indigo Blue and Scarlett, are both very special reads, and she has also written Driftwood (only released in UK) and soon-to-be-published Sundae Girl (UK) and Lucky Star (UK) are bound to be heart-warmers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a beautiful book. I remember reading this book as a child. I fell in love with this book, and I hope you will to.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it. Hope she writes a sequel where Finn & Dizzy are a few years older.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
cathy has such a flair with language and an incredible way to create the characters
a good read for ages 10-15
No complaints it a little worn but I don't mind! Shipped pretty fast I love this book!Published 13 months ago by Larissa
I love this book!!!!!!!
In the story Dizzy comes home to find her mother who she hasn't seen in about eight years. Her mom is sort of a gypsy. Read more
the product description said that the book was new. It was not. the back cover had a tear in it.Published on March 20, 2014 by Jeanine Smit
This book is an amazing book for teens especially. Cathy Cassidy can really make you fell like your part of the story. This is truly on of my all time favourite books. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by carla du plessis