- Audio CD
- Publisher: Recorded Books (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1428122230
- ISBN-13: 978-1428122239
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,762,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After the Wreck, I picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away Audio CD – 2006
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Jenna is in a tragic accident with her mother on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Her mother and the driver of the other car are killed, leaving Jenna a survivor, but at what cost? The circumstances of the accident are unclear. What Jenna does remember leads her to believe she might have been responsible.
As Jenna struggles to recover from her injuries, she lives in a drug-induced haze. Her father, who remarried years ago, has a new family. Jenna certainly doesn't feel welcome in his home, so she's told she will be living with an aunt and uncle. Her mother's house is sold and her new home comes complete with two cousins, a new school, and the sometimes nosey concern of a small town.
Attempting to cope with new surroundings and the death of her mother sends Jenna into a tailspin of emotions. She meets new friends, but gravitates to those who help her forget with pills and alcohol. An accidental overdose lands Jenna in the emergency room and under the care of a therapist. Despite the care and concern of her caregivers, her life continues to spin out of control.
Finally there is the arrival of Crow with his dark and mysterious side. Jenna finds she can talk to Crow about things she can't say to anyone else. Does he care about her? Does he have the answers to get her back on track?
AFTER THE WRECK, I PICKED MYSELF UP, SPREAD MY WINGS, AND FLEW AWAY captured me right from the start. Jenna's struggle felt authentic and true. I was touched by her pain and sensitive to her attempts to move on, only to drift back into confusion. Oates definitely outdoes herself with this one.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
I understood Jenna all throughout the book, even when I wanted to slap her.
I liked the character of Crow, but his involvement in the storyline was the weakest part for me, and the most forced thing. There was a bridge scene that had me rolling my eyes, because it takes Crow like 10 minutes to get Jenna through some issues she's been battling all book long. Okay.
Either way, I can appreciate this book for it's merit and substance.
After Jenna's mother is killed in a freak car accident in which Jenna is severely injured, she is left feeling guilty (the accident must have been her fault) and angry (rehab is painful, her house is sold to pay for the medical bills, her teachers and friends feels sorry for her) and powerless (she has to move to New Hampshire to live with her aunt- there is nowhere else for her to go). Her father, who abandoned the family years earlier for a new wife and family, is of no help and Jenna's bitterness towards him fuels the flame of her anger and despair.
In her loneliness, Jenna finds acceptance from `Trina, a bulimic teen who befriends Jenna, but also uses her. A dramatic scene at a party gone bad shows Jenna the direction in which she is heading. Although the reader only sees him briefly, Jenna's one true friend is a young man nicknamed "Crow" who speaks words of truth that resonate in Jenna's heart. His own traumatic experiences (including his brother's death, living with a father who is an injured Vietnam vet, and his own accidents) enable him to come alongside of her and provides the exact help that she needs--a firm hand that pulls her out of her fears and self-incrimination and pushes her to move on with her life.
Oates use of symbolism is powerful. When you read this book, be aware of how birds and bridges are important in the story.Read more ›
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Just purchased. I have "Big Mouth and Ugly Girl" and wanted to read more stories by Joyce Carol Oates. The book came quickly and was in good shape.Published 16 months ago by Kathy Forsythe
This book is one of the best books I've ever read! Its story is just absolute genius ! ! !Published 18 months ago by Grace Boyer
This was good insight into the mind of troubled teenager. This one seemed to find a resolution. But many don;tPublished on May 22, 2014 by Jessica Franklin
I love Oates and bought this for myself but soon realized it was written more for teens, though I did enjoy it. Gave it to my 14 year old niece and she LOVED it!Published on September 19, 2010 by Jude
Jenna Abbott was just a normal girl living a normal life, until the wreck happened. Nothing was the same after the wreck as before it--Jenna's friends, her home, even her own self. Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by Rachael Stein
Joyce Carol Oates's new book for teens has a long title and it really does sort of give away the ending. Read morePublished on January 17, 2007 by TeensReadToo