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Pearl Hardcover – July 19, 2011

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“Knowles has perfectly told an intriguing story of dysfunctional characters who cannot, will not, or are unable to communicate because of fear...fear of learning the truth, fear of hurting others, fear of losing love.” ―VOYA

“…the story […] funnels family oddities, secrets, and personal melodrama into eventual respect for family differences.” ―School Library Journal

About the Author

Jo Knowles is the author of the young adult novels Lessons from a Dead Girl, Jumping Off Swings, Pearl, and See You At Harry's. She has a master's degree in children's literature. Some of her awards include the PEN New England Children's Book Discovery Award, YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, YALSA Quick Picks Top Ten, YALSA's Popular Paperbacks, International Reading Associations Young Adult Choices List, Tayshas List, and Bank Street College's Best Books for Children (Outstanding Merit). Jo lives in Vermont with her husband and son.
 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeannine Atkins on August 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The first page of PEARL sets the closeness of three characters, while the last page shows a different kind of caring and connection after difficulties that came between. This book has so much to say about courage and love.
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When I first added Pearl to my to be read list, I initially thought it was a paranormal read without reading the summary. The cover of Pearl is deceiving since Pearl isn't a supernatural read whatsoever...it's contemporary. I have to remind myself all the time to not judge a book's pages by it's cover.

Pearl is a story about two very flawed, imperfect, and dysfunctional families, dysfunctional may be an understatement. Many secrets and lies are hidden among both families who are connected by Henry and Pearl(aka Bean). I love how close and comfortable Henry and Bean are since they've been best friends since they were seven and have their fathers being absent from the lives in common. They both only have each other has friends which makes them even closer.

What occurred in the pages of Pearl, I wasn't expecting. I'm not sure what I was expecting while reading this or even beforehand, probably a love story of some sort, but that's far from what I read. No complaining is coming from me because at certain points while reading Pearl, I was a bit stunned. I had my mouth hung open in astonishment at one point while reading Pearl, If I was to tell you what it was, it would ruin the book for you. Pearl is a book if you mention too many things, you will be very spoiled and I try to stay away from those pesky spoilers.

How could you love and hate someone at the same time?
Sometimes you have to take things back before you can let them go.
One time Gus told that me when I was learning to talk my mom tried to teach me to call her Lexie, not Mom. I swear Gus thought this was funny. But now looking back, I just think it's really sad. Because even then, my mom didn't really want to be my mom.

If you're looking for a quick contemporary read with some shocking secrets spilled among the pages, pick up Pearl.
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This book is really fast read for me. I was able to easily step in to the story cause of the major drama going on. The plot line of this book is simple yet significant.Lots of secrets, floating around revealing themselves one by one that you are hooked on it like a Spanish novella.

I love the main character Bean. She demanded answers and got them. Even though they weren't what she expected she handle it the best that she could. She knew her mother held secrets, she just never thought it would affect her life so greatly. I have to admit, that what the mother did was just, crazy. T he secrets she held cause so much trouble not only in her life but in her daughters as well. I felt like the mother was selfish and didn't take the chance to even help daughter.

One thing t hat I also like in this book is the one stable relationship Bean had. I believe that without Henry, Bean would just be lost. I am happy that she had someone that she cared for there for her and honest with her. He didn't judge her or get angry with her. Instead he stood by her like the best friend he is and just held her. Their friendship could stand the test of anything and they both get through it.

Pearl is a filled with dark secrets that finally come to light. Secrets that have been held for so long that they busted from the seem of the book blinding the reader. I gasped like I don't know how many times! At times it was intense, with angry emotions and sadness. Other times, you were finally happy the truth is out and everyone can just breathe.
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My Thoughts: I didn't know if I'd enjoy Pearl when I started it. I was unsure about it. I liked it quite a bit. We are introduced to Bean aka Pearl and her best friend Henry. They have been best friends since the age of 7 and they are now 15 years old. Both of their dad's left them when they were young so they have bonded over that. They tell each other everything. We also meet Henry's mom Sally and Bean's grandfather Gus, her mother Lexie, and her mother's friend Claire.

Bean and Henry have made up so many stories about their fathers. It helps them cope and gives them a sensible reason why their dad's aren't around.

A death in the family results in lots of questions between Henry and Bean. And why does Bean's mother act the way she does? At times, she just doesn't seem reasonable. Lexie doesn't get a long with her father most of the time and Bean just doesn't understand why she feels that way towards her grandfather. Bean and Henry start to develop feelings for each other and wonder if they are related. Honestly, this book is just over 200 pages and if I say much more I'll be giving away the whole plot and the whole conclusion.

I'll just say this, I really enjoyed reading Pearl. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but a good story otherwise. There isn't a whole lot of romance in this one, its more mystery and is full of lots of questions. Bean is trying to figure out things.

Overall: I really liked Pearl. Its a good contemporary book.

Cover: Its really plain but still appealing. If you look close enough, you can see faces on the cover.

What I'd Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes
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