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As a first novel about growing up poor, orphaned, and prone to fits in a small Appalachian town, Icy Sparks tells a fascinating story. By the time the epilogue rolls around, Icy has prevailed over her disorder and become a therapist: "Children silent as stone sing for me. Children who cannot speak create music for me." For readers familiar with this particular brand of coming-of-age novel--affliction fiction?--Icy's triumph should come as no great surprise. That's one problem. Another is Rubio's tendency to lapse into overheated prose: this is a novel in which the characters would sooner yell, pout, whine, moan, or sass a sentence than simply say it. But the real drawback to Icy Sparks is that some of the characters--especially the bad ones--are drawn with very broad strokes indeed, and the moral principles tend to be equally elementary: embrace your difference, none of us is alone, and so on. When Icy gets saved at a tent revival, even Jesus takes on the accents of a self-help guru: "You must love yourself!" With insights like these, this is one Southern novel that's more Wally Lamb than Harper Lee. --Mary Park
I thoroghly enjoyed reading this book!
The ending seemed too much like a quick fix for the main character, leaving the reader to wonder why a teen would suddenly just love herself practically overnight?
I forced myself to get through this book, mostly because once I start one, I hate to end it without finishing it.
I gave this book an extra star because the parts about Icy being in school and in the hospital were interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DSG100
A remarkable story of pure Hope, abounding Love, endless Grace, everlasting Friendship, and true Faith highlighting Tourette's Syndrome as a gift and blessing.Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Aardsma
The book starts out promising in this tale about a young misfit girl in a small town, However, I lost interest mid way as the book went off in another direction and place. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amyjacqueline' St, John
I regret to say I can not give this book more than one star. I found the writing fair, but the story did not do anything for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gail M. Furtado
The book arrived in very good condition and in a short time. If I had read the blurb on the back earlier I would have better understood the girl's problem.Published 4 months ago by Irene Stevens
Enjoyable read - seemed very real - kept your interest from cover to cover - as well as providing some humor !Published 4 months ago by Barb
Enjoyed how Icy learns to accept the differences in others and then in herself. She grows into a confident women and friend.Published 4 months ago by Jackie
Love it. Couldn't put it down - Icy Sparks is a wonderful character as are the other characters in the bookPublished 4 months ago by Teresa M. Walls
This is a book that I ordered for my Daughter. I haven't had a chanced to read it but plan on reading it when I have time.Published 5 months ago by Linda Dixon