Icy Sparks (Oprah's Book Club) (G.K. Hall Large Print Core Series) Paperback – Large Print, October 1, 2002
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- Publisher : Thorndike Pr (October 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 472 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0783895100
- ISBN-13 : 978-0783895109
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.25 inches
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- #2,643,543 in Literature & Fiction (Books)
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Tourettes is a disturbing illness that comes out of nowhere and if you are not prepared with the knowledge of it you can be totally waylaid by it and take it personal. Do not take it personal, offer help and friendship.....
This book offers an excellent story with good knowledge of the illness.
At the age of ten, Icy starts to have uncontrollable urges to pop out her eyes. The urge is "so intense it was, like an itch needing to be scratched. I [Icy] could feel little invisible rubber bands fastened to my eyelids, pulled tight through my brain." Not only did Icy suffer from eye-popping tics, she also suffered from an uncontrollable need to verbally outburst thoughts that were on her mind. Icy tried to hide the fact she suffered from Tourette's Syndrome but it always flared up when Icy felt strong emotions. The town Icy lived in did not understand her disease so she was treated like an outcast. For example, she was forced out of the public school system and had to educate herself in the school's supply room. When her tics and verbal outbursts did not cease in the supply room, Icy was subsequently institutionalized. With all these educational setbacks, Icy does obtain an exceptional home-schooled education with the help of Miss Emily and Mr. Wooten.
Even though Icy withdraws from society for fear of being made fun of, Icy learns to accept her disease and, most importantly, accept that she is labeled. However, the biggest lesson Icy learns is that Tourette's Syndrome does not stop her from learning that she can love and be loved.
Top reviews from other countries
This was a real shame. The rest of the book was sensitive, funny and well written.
WHAT A LOUSY ENDING!