- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Paperback: 259 pages
- Publisher: Flux; Original edition (June 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073872615X
- ISBN-13: 978-0738726151
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,076,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay Paperback – June 8, 2011
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"Cockrell has created an intriguing array of characters, including a wonderfully quirky, multigenerational extended family." --VOYA
"An utterly engaging narrative with a witty and thoughtful protagonist." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Cockrell balances on the knife's edge between comedy and tragedy. The depth and darkness of her themes makes an absorbing read for older young adults." --The Boston Globe
"I loved this story with its deft use of magical realism, its wonderfully quirky yet believable characters, and its honest portrayal of relationships, good and bad." --Han Nolan, National Book Award-winning author of Dancing on the Edge
-Cockrell has created an intriguing array of characters, including a wonderfully quirky, multigenerational extended family.- --VOYA
-An utterly engaging narrative with a witty and thoughtful protagonist.- --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
-Cockrell balances on the knife's edge between comedy and tragedy. The depth and darkness of her themes makes an absorbing read for older young adults.- --The Boston Globe
-I loved this story with its deft use of magical realism, its wonderfully quirky yet believable characters, and its honest portrayal of relationships, good and bad.- --Han Nolan, National Book Award-winning author of Dancing on the Edge
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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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.