Saying it Out Loud by Joan Abelove

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A mother's death leaves her daughter not so much empty as full -- of memories, understanding, appreciation.... More than anything, Mindy longs to be told the truth. From the doctors, from her father. Mom isn't going to get better, she isn't going to leave the white room in the hospital ever again, isn't going to come home to fill the candy bowl with its magical stash of M&M's. But it's the silence, the avoidance and denial, that hurts Mindy the most. The year is 1961 -- clearly evoked in the music and movies (there is a powerful scene involving Spartacus). Mindy's father has absented himself emotionally from her adolescence, after stating, in his absolute way, that she will date no one who's not Jewish. Facing the death of her mother from a brain tumor, Mindy feels like an orphan, and, like her mother, excluded from life -- until friends get her laughing again, until she can see her mother and their relationship squarely and lovingly. This is a book that, though dark at its center, casts light on all sides, with extraordinary tenderness.
 

About Joan Abelove

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Abelove has a doctorate in cultural anthropology.
 
Published September 15, 1999 by DK CHILDREN. 144 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Abelove moves from the exotic rain forest of her debut, Go and Come Back (1998), to more familiar suburban territory for this anguish-ridden tale of a teenager whose mother is terminally ill.

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A 16-year-old describes losing her mother to brain cancer in a month's worth of journal entries. "Abelove lifts Mindy's feelings of isolation and grief to a metaphoric level, making it

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A 16-year-old describes losing her mother to brain cancer in a month's worth of journal entries.

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Abelove lifts Mindy's feelings of isolation and grief to a metaphoric level in the novel, making it a story about leaving childhood behind.

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Joan Abelove based Saying It Out Loud on her own life, so there is a lot of emotion and feeling that went into this YA Fiction read.

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