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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Nella, her baby, her son Robbie, as well as Rachel, all "fall" from the roof, with Rachel surviving only because she landed on the mangled body of her brother, Robbie. Packed off to live with her alcoholic paternal grandmother, where "she will be safe," Rachel struggles to adapt to a world unaccustomed to beautiful blue-eyed young ladies with "mocha colored skin." Her neighbor Jamie (who changed his name to "Brick" to acquire a tougher name to balance his beautiful physical appearance) saw Rachel's family fall from the roof. He gets caught up in the chaos of the tragedy assumed to be a multiple homicide by an unknown male subject. While at the hospital, with Rachel unconscious and struggling for her life, Brick encounters Rachel's father, Charles, and the two develop a relationship based on the young woman unaware of either's presence. Years later, Brick tracks down Rachel to deliver a message he promised her father he would convey to her.
The story depicts the various challenges these main characters, and several other minor ones, go through in trying to understand and move on after the horrible tragedy; each struggling with complex issues and relying on various crutches to maintain a hold on life.
Durrow does not offer a pat conclusion to her novel, but rather leaves readers deep in the thoughtful poignant issues raised. The book is well-written and resonates with our individual complex struggles to find out where within the all-too-human experience we exist, and how that existence depends upon and impinges upon all those around us. While not for light reading pleasure, this novel is well-worth a thoughtful read to shed light on the circle of damage we humans often wrought on one another.
It really depends on whether, or not your child is sheltered. Definitely a solid example of what could be like to grow up in different demographics,
income brackets, and minority groups. A well rounded and interesting read. I really enjoyed it!
That was the case when I started reading this book. (I was waiting for a Jazz concert to begin) This was not the best book to choose for this scenario because when I got to the 2nd chapter (Jamie), I was shocked when the tragedy happened.
I actually exclaimed out loud (something like "OMG this is horrible") & proceeded to read that section to my husband. Then I was a bit confused as to if I'd missed something in the first chapter (Rachel), which seemed very different by comparison.
But the shock did pull me right into the story & I was definitely thinking about it from time to time during the performance.
One problem I had with the story is that I wanted to know more detail about the events that were happening.
For example, Aunt Loretta's story. She trips, cuts her face, ends up in the hospital & dies??? I get that she was allergic to the medication they gave her but I would've liked to know a bit more before all of a sudden, a couple of chapters later, she's dead.
** END SPOILER**
In many cases it seemed like Rachel was detached (or had detached herself) from what was going on or decisions she was making. I could see that being a decision the author made on purpose, since Rachel does talk about the "new girl" and put her feelings in a "blue bottle".
But I wanted to know more details behind the story and the ending left me wondering, "What happened?".