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Starting From Here Kindle Edition
|Length: 287 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Age Level: 12 - 18||Grade Level: 7 - 12th|
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Colby Bingham has been having a rough go of things lately. Her mother died of cancer a few years ago. Her father soon returned to his job as a long-haul truck driver. He and Colby rarely talk, at least about anything meaningful. Colby pretty much fends for herself working nights and weekends to pay for her ride, Scarlett, a red pick-up truck, and trying not to flunk chemistry. Things aren't all bad. Her best friend Van is sweetest, most understanding friend a girl could have, and she's got a great girlfriend. Sort of. Until her girlfriend dumps her. For a guy.
At that point, things begin spiraling out of control for Colby, but the dumping was only a catalyst, not the underlying issue. Colby is adrift - living a lie with the person closest to her and unable to reach out and find the support she needs.Read more ›
Luckily Robyn, the veterinarian with 3 dogs of her own, takes a personal interest in Colby and her new dog and does the surgery for free, allows the dog to stay at the veterinary hospital when Colby is at school or work and even helps Colby to train her new canine friend. Suddenly Colby is receiving much needed unconditional love and the need to take care of someone other than herself requires she lose her self-absorption and re-engage with her life and world.
Written crisply with a keen ear for teenaged dialogue and a convincing knowledge of modern teenagers by Lisa Jenn Bigelow, "Starting From Here" is an uplifting story especially surprising after seeing the words "Amazon Children's Publishing" on the dust jacket. 40+ years ago when I was the age of the protagonist there were no lives like this, much less books about them. All the more reason to applaud the author and rejoice just how far America has come - in fiction if not always fact.
The story surrounds Colby Alicia Bingham, a could-be-better student and bagger at her local grocery store. She's what some would call a lone wolf, especially since her mother passed a year and a half ago and her father truck drives across the country every other week. She thinks she's found happiness with Rachel, her almost girlfriend, but then she dumps her, saying she's not serious enough. Colby's devastated and wallows in her hurt, cutting everyone off except her best friend Van.
Then one day she and Van are simply hunting for aluminum cans by the side of the road, and out darts a stray dog. A white bodied, black eared bull mix that Colby adopts, as she's worried about its safety.
Mo's arrival is right on time, considering Rachel is now in the arms of a dude for crying out loud. Without her dad around, Colby gets unconditional love from the dog she christens Mo, who also brings a new friend in veterinarian Robyn, who patched Mo up when he was at his worst.
Everything is peachy where Mo is concerned. Everywhere else is a mess. Her grades are about to send her to summer school. Seems as if she can't get away from Rachel and her new boyfriend. Van is insistent on playing matchmaker (without Colby's consent). And the one girl she has her eye on could be potentially heartbreaking.
She can't go through that again. Her heart already feels like a pin cushion. One more push might just cause it fall apart.
Starting From Here is a great debut novel from Lisa Jenn Bigelow. Colby is a genuine character who makes mistakes and eventually learns from them and makes amends in the best way she knows how. What else can you ask for?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Starting From Here is about a gay girl, her three legged dog, and her trucker father. Colby's mother died two years ago, her father is always on the road, she's failing chemistry,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Angie
I loved this book! I thought is was well written and the story line was fresh and very new. Apparently, L J Bigelow, is well read and her approach is very intuitive much like one... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jimk
Wow everyone! This is it! This is finally a lesbian novel that is not a cheap, juvenile, tacky attempt to capture audiences! Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Victoria Candida
Good story line. A little corner in part but Good example to gay school life in small town. Some words were out of context .Published on September 16, 2013 by Annette Adams
A good book about struggles of life and love. An easy read and great filler on a sleepy warm night.Published on September 14, 2013 by Barbara j. Henry
Written well. It made me cry in parts because I was so involved in the story. I loved the characters.Published on September 9, 2013 by Holly A.
It was really good...but I hated the ending Lisa Benn Bigelow should write another one I want to know Kevin 're about Colby and her friends...Published on September 7, 2013 by Britney Clark
Not bad...Def a light read. Enjoyable for a low price. Colby is a hard character to love but that was probably the point. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by L. Galdis
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