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D’Arcy’s dad used to tell her that she could survive anything for just five minutes more, but when he drives his car off a bridge, it appears that even five minutes more with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) was too much for him. While trying to cope with her grief and adjust to her new, fatherless life, D’Arcy distances herself from everyone she was previously close to but finds a modicum of comfort in math tutor Seth’s unquestioning and uncomplicated presence. She also begins to cut class and drink, playing off the sympathy of teachers and counselors to get away with her indiscretions. Soon, though, Seth turns out to be much more complicated than D’Arcy had noticed in her fog of self-absorption, and his suicide attempt provokes her to run away from home. Some revelations and final reconciliations seem rushed, but this compelling drama’s bittersweet and hopeful conclusion is its salvation. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth

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"A novel that resonates with complex and realistic characters who exhibit a wide range of emotions...Authentic characters, real passions surrounding both death and life and an interesting plot which revolves around the difficult yet not uncommon issue of suicide: young adult fiction doesn't get much better than this. Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2009-02-20)

"[A] heart-breaking book...but sometimes sadness is necessary in life... it's a process we all go through and it yearns to be written about...The emotional aspect of this was perfect." (A Patchwork of Books blog 2009-03-03)

"[D'Arcy's] discovery of herself as a daughter, friend and person ensues throughout the novel as D'Arcy overcomes numerous obstacles in a journey to find inner strength." (Resource Links 2009-04-01)

"Ryan presents teenagers living with devastatingly emotional situations...Well written." (VOYA 2009-06-01)

"A very realistic, engaging story. D'Arcy's emotions come flowing through the pages to the reader...The story would offer hope and help to anyone who has lost someone to death - not just suicide. I highly recommend it for the high school library." (Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group 2009-07-09)

"Ryan treats this sensitive topic with care and understanding…Readers will readily identify with D'Arcy's emotional turmoil…The imaginative experience of the novel will help them appreciate the meaning of suicide and the ways one can cope with it." (Canadian Teacher Magazine 2009-11-01)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554690064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554690060
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,914,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I remember seeing this on a blog a while back and going " That book looks great!" So, when the chance came up to review this I immediately agreed. Unfortunately, Five More Minutes wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be.

First off, I felt that the plot was extremely over dramatized. Everything had to have a bang to it, leaving it to come out in an unrealistic way. Such as, when D'Arcy decided that her half sister, Clara, didn't deserve their Father's watch, she tipped over one of Clara's boxes full of irreplaceable china. Come on, what 16 or 17 year old would do that? I get that she was mad, but it was blown out of proportion, I personally thought.

Though, I did come to love the characters. Each had a layer to them filled with regret and sadness over the situation that made you relate to them in someway or another. D'Arcy was my personal favorite, even if she did sometimes bring messes upon herself. I felt sorry for her for loosing her dad and how her mom didn't want to be a "real" family anymore. Also, Seth, another main character, was a great add to the story

One of my absolute favorite parts of the story was how Darlene Ryan included the game "Five More Minutes." It fit into the story perfectly. Also, it made you come to a conclusion, that even though D'Arcy's dad left his family, he was still a wonderful father. Lastly, a lot of people can relate to this, since when hasn't there been a time, when you went "Just five more minutes."

My only other problem, was that the ending was rushed and felt like just a two page summary. Since, instead of showing what had happened, Darlene just told what had happened, in a quick way. Plus, some of the added detail was once again over dramatized.

Overall, Five More Minutes is the perfect book for a rainy day. Since, it moves in a fast pace and always has you on your toes with the drama.

Grade: C+
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Format: Paperback
Darlene Ryan's Five Minutes More is just another example of edgy teen literature that is ready to dive right in and make a splash to change the genre for the better. The raw honesty in D'Arcy's narration will make the reader sympathize with all of the horrible, rotten things she has to go through, at the same time thanking the powers that be that you're not the one dealing with it. It's painfully obvious that Darlene Ryan wrote this book from the heart. It's such a unique, but relevant, topic, dealt with a heartbreakingly real way. It almost seems like each and every word was handpicked to create a haunting poignance. The characters, just like the writing, is honest to humans, and I particularly enjoyed reading about Seth's breakdown aimed at D'Arcy, veering sharply away from the 'cute and cuddly' typical love interest stereotype found in young adult fiction. While I felt that the ending was somewhat rushed, I also found it reverberating for days after I finished the book in it's raw power. Everything comes full circle in this amazingly written snapshot of D'Arcy's life. I am ranking this book with the likes of Thirteen Reasons Why and Just Listen in that I believe every teen should, at some point, read and fully appreciate this wonderful piece of literature.

Rating: 5/5
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By M. Murphy on September 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book!
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