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“Mazer’s compassion for adolescents in despair is clear …and part of the reason for her many successes.” (KLIATT) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Norma Fox Mazer, who lives in Montpelier, Vermont, has written nearly thirty novels and short-story collections for young adults. Her novels, including Missing Pieces, Out of Control, Girlhearts, and the Newbery Honor Book After the Rain, are critically acclaimed and popular among young readers for their portrayal of teens.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00WRYES82
- Publisher : Open Road Media Teen & Tween (June 16, 2015)
- Publication date : June 16, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 918 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 236 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,517 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In "Girlhearts," Sarabeth's mother unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, barely thirty years old. In a matter of days, Sarabeth finds her world turned upside-down permanently, as she becomes a ward of the state and is taken in by her mother's best friend Cynthia.
Although Cynthia and her husband Billy were always like family to her, Sarabeth finds that living with them is not exactly ideal. Things come to a head until she flees from their home, determined to find out more about her parents' mysterious origins.
While the book is certainly powerful of its own accord, I'm not sure I really like it as a follow-up to "Silver." The Sarabeth that existed in that novel peeks through in a few points here, but is essentially replaced by a hard, grieving replica, which readers may or may not like.
Sarabeth had to deal with so many emotions as a teen....thank goodness she had good friends who noticed she was so overwhelmed by the loss of her mom! They stayed rational as Sarabeth searched for coping with a death of her mom.
Unfortunately, the characters were not developed to complete this story. What about James? Was he there only to offer clarity/rationality of Sarabeth's grief?
Why in the world did the book end the way it did?....like everything had to be rushed and completed in twenty pages?....instead of completing Sarabeth's journey slowly and lovingly. Hurry up and meet her parent's families....hurry up and decide where to live without playing the drama out! The author did not give closure as she should have. We were to assume all worked out in the end and Sarabeth found all her answers to help her get through her grief.
I have read one other of her books and it dealt with death of a best friend. As you read the books and become so attached with the characters you want a satisfactory ending for those people you have grown to like. Maybe the author just wants us to realize just how hard grief is for us.
Please read and decide for yourself.....I just wanted more development of Sarabeth's outcome than finishing it in 20 pages.
Most compelling in GIRLHEARTS is the conflict Sarabeth faces when dealing with the reactions of the people around her. The relationships Sarabeth has with her school friends are strained as she becomes cynical and hard. Also, the tenuous friendship between her and her mother's old boyfriend, Leo, changes rapidly over the course of the book. These developing conflicts were intriguing, and I eagerly waited to see how they would work out.
However, this was the best part of the book. Other characters seemed flat and lacked depth. Often, Cynthia and Billy's actions seemed pointless --- only occurring because the story needed to be moved along. Sarabeth was realistic only some of the time, and her emotions were often illogical and decidedly hard to believe. Of course, I don't expect to understand completely, never having lost such a close family member myself. Still, the story would have been greatly improved if there were more of a connection between Sarabeth and the reader. This might have been forgivable if the story had been stronger and the outcome more gripping, but because the story was not particularly extraordinary in those areas, it had no room for the uncomfortable flaws in Sarabeth's character.
Still, GIRLHEARTS is worth a read. It is flawed, but it is a fascinating process to watch Sarabeth change and grow as her situation evolves.
--- Reviewed by Mary Crew
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This book is extremely different from its predesscor Silver which is a classic, old favourite of mine. The mood, pace, and story of Girlhearts is an altogether much more darker and serious affair and I dont think it works half as well
I am baffled why the writer chose to kill off her mother, leaving Sarabeth an orphan. It wasn't enough that her father had to die when she ass a toddler, but she needed to lose her one remaining parent and best friend too? It was a very strange decision and it shocked and saddened me from the first page of the book and I didnt think it was necessary to inflict such cruelty on a character such as Sarabeth. Cynthia and Billy also took a much moodier turn and became extremely unlikeable surrogate parents for Silver, I thought Billy's character was awful to this poor orphaned girl.
It was nice to see that the friendships had at least stayed put between Silver, Asa, Jennifer and Patty and it was fun watching them grow up and be a support system to Sarabeth. The rest of the story however just fell flat to me, and overall I was disappointed.