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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
The first three parts were almost 5 stars but the last few chapters really fizzled out. I felt like I had to force myself to finish the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ArabellaRae
This is one of those books once you read ten pages of the book you will not be able to put it down. I read this book in two days because I could not put it down except to sleep. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Berry Jr.
I took months to finish this book and only did so to quiet that Tourette-like OCD that often tyrannically rules my brain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Glenda Lynne
This book is amazing! I thought the croaking parts were weird but I could not help but to love icy sparks, she reminded me a lot when I was a kid ! Yes I got in trouble a lot! Read morePublished 3 months ago by katherine Roman
I had such high hopes for this book, thinking that a book about a small-town Southern girl living in the 1950's with the stigma of an undiagnosed case of Tourette's hanging over... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vanessa
The gist of this book was pretty good; however, some parts were a bit too drawn out (such as the choir singing). It was O.K. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rachi J