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Jacob Have I Loved Paperback – September 2, 2003
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Louise has had enough of her twin sister. Caroline is beautiful. Caroline is talented. Caroline is better. Growing up on the small island of Rass in Chesapeake Bay, Caroline seems to do nothing but take from Louise: their parents' love, Louise's chances for an education, her dreams for the future. They have spent their lives entwined -- sleeping in the same room, eating at the same table, learning in the same classroom -- and yet somehow nothing can bring them together. Louise's only hope lies in seeking a place for herself beyond the stretch of Rass's shores and her sister's shadow. What will it take for her to break free? --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Every child should read Jacob Have I Loved, especially those who resent their siblings because they think their sisters or brothers are smarter, more attractive or more talented then they are. The story will allow children in that situation to empathize with Louise and better understand that they have talents that they may have not yet recognized. Paterson's book was intended for children, but it would be a good book for parents and teachers to read also. It will help adults to understand children who may have not yet reached their full potential and are jealous of those who have.
I had a hard time starting this book. The beginning was a little rough, but once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I read half the book in one sitting, until I reached the part where Louise, Cal, and the Captain were preparing to drown more than a dozen cats--which were pets, by the way, not just strays. I was totally turned off by this, but when I read further, the cats were spared and adopted by various families on the island. (Ironically, a storm later wiped a lot of them out.)
The book won the Newbery Medal in 1981 and was later made into a TV movie in 1989. I never saw the movie, but I would definitely recommend this book to 13+ year-old girls who can relate to Louise and/or love the East Coast, particularly the Chesapeake Bay area.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully written, but quite sad, and perhaps not too well-received for that, given the modern focus on happy-ending love stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dione Basseri
I don't know how this book showed up in my recommended list, but I'm so glad it did! I'm happy to see that it's still in print. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lutie C. Allen
This is one of those books I never got around to reading. I misinterpreted the title as a love story. This is a very entertaining tale.Published 4 months ago by Linda E Hunt
Good story about an fairly isolated society and their ways of life. The Tom-boy twin actually
becomes her own worst enemy. Read more
I've always wanted to read this after having seen the movie, and now I'm sorry I waited so long. Great story, great writing, great character development, and just a really great... Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Cozzens
The beginning was kinda slow, but as you keep reading, it just gets better. I really loved the ending, it was perfect. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer