Both Sides Now by Ruth Pennebaker

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Witnessing her mother's battle with breast cancer, a teenage daughter finds her own strength.

Liza's mother has just completed an exhausting, but promising, treatment for breast cancer and her future looks bright. Liza takes the same approach to her junior year of high school--work hard, think positively, and keep everything under control. When tests reveal that a riskier, more painful treatment is needed, it seems Liza's mother has given up. But she hasn't. Her mother's courage shows Liza that life isn't about control, it's about living.

Drawing on the author's own experiences with breast cancer, this unforgettable novel reveals that positive thinking is not always the answer to tragedy, but that facing pain can bring great strength.

About Ruth Pennebaker

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Ruth Pennebaker is quickly becoming a young adult favorite for her first two novels, Don't Think Twice and Conditions of Love. Don't Think Twice was named both an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a "Quick Pick" for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. A regular contributor to the Dallas Morning News, Ruth Pennebaker now lives with her husband and two teenaged children in Austin, Texas.
Published June 1, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 208 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this thoughtful, affecting, and often funny story, Pennebaker (Conditions of Love, 1992, etc.) looks at life through the eyes of a naïve girl learning to balance life as her mother struggles with breast cancer.

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Publishers Weekly

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Pennebaker's (Don't Think Twice) bittersweet novel about a 15-year-old's attempt to cope with her mother's breast cancer combines convincing characters and near-perfect pacing. When her mother's follo

May 29 2000 | Read Full Review of Both Sides Now

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When her mother's follow-up exam reveals that her cancer has returned, Liza follows the example of her positive-thinking father who tells Liza and her younger sister, Jane, that everything will be fine and that they must all be strong.

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Austin Chronicle

In Both Sides Now, her third novel for young adults, Austin author and Dallas Morning News columnist Ruth Pennebaker writes with the same sensitivity that marked her previous novels.

Jun 23 2000 | Read Full Review of Both Sides Now

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