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About the Author

Amanda Cockrell has published critical essays, poems, articles, and books for children and adults. She is the founding director of Hollins University's graduate program in children's literature and managing editor of the university's literary journal. This is her debut YA novel. She resides in Roanoke, Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; Original edition (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073872615X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738726151
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,706,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on July 8, 2011
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I bought this book after reading about it on YA site [...] and was drawn to the plot point about a soldier returning from Afghanistan after having lost a leg, but this novel is about so much more than that, covering religion, family, divorce, love, devotion, PTSD and more. Angie's quest to find someone to confide in, whether a statue, her best friend, her stepfather who she lives with even though her mother has moved out, or Jesse, who clearly is battling demons, is one that is relatable. Cockrell's characters are memorable and opinionated, and Angie's struggle to make her family into the one she dreams of, is one that will be familiar to many teens.

She manages to deal with PTSD in a way that makes it relatable, and often unnerving, especially when Angie winds up taking on the dreams of Felix, a man who fought in Vietnam and who befriends her. Angie questions her faith even as she seeks out the church, and Cockrell never pushes her readers to believe too strongly one way or another, in a deity or in other authority figures. Rather, she lets Angie uncover who she is and what she believes, in a story that, while having elements of magical realism, also grapples with some of the toughest questions anyone of any age will face. This story has a romantic element, but goes far beyond the category of teen romance, and is a unique, powerful contemporary YA that will stay with the reader long after you turn the last page. It manages to be literary and thoughtful, with dashes of history and mysticism, healthy skepticism, and deep friendship, while staying eminently readable. I look forward to reading more of Cockrell's work.
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Teens and adults will enjoy the story of Angie, a 15 year old questioning her faith and family values, "Saint Felix," a wandering soul who may or may not be the saint Angie believes him to be, Jesse, a damaged soldier home from Afghanistan and trying to pick up his life as a senior in high school, and Angie's mixed-up but very interesting family and friends. From the very first page, the story draws you in and keeps you turning the pages. The story is both realistic and mystical. A great read!
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Interesting cultural tidbits in here. A little dark in some places. Interesting to see a young boy struggling with PTSD from the war.
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