The Opposite of Music by Janet Ruth Young

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when i am well
i will take you


At first Billy's father just seemed distant, as if he had something on his mind. Then he stopped listening to music, saying it hurt his ears. After a while he stopped eating and sleeping. And after that he just stopped. Stopped being Billy's father and his friend and became someone else. Someone who was depressed and withdrawn and wouldn't respond to treatments.

Determined to help their father, Billy and his family devise a series of unconventional therapies for him. But the strain of looking after Dad begins to wear on them all. Billy stops writing songs and starts avoiding his friends. His sister wants to suicide-proof the house. And his mother worries about losing her job because she takes so much time off. Taking care of Dad is starting to sap the strength they need to keep him alive.

The Opposite of Music is a powerful and realistic debut novel about the lengths a family will go to in order to save one of their own, and the strength it takes to learn how to ask for help.
 

About Janet Ruth Young

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Janet Ruth Young is the author of the teen novels My Beautiful Failure, Things I Shouldn’t Think (previously published as The Babysitter Murders), and The Opposite of Music. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visit her at JanetRuthYoung.com.
 
Published June 30, 2008 by Simon Pulse. 352 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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responds negatively to medications prescribed by a psychiatrist, Billy’s mother decides to treat her husband at home, recruiting Billy to work with his father everyday after school.

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In her first novel, Young explores the emotional toll clinical depression takes on one family, especially 15-year-old Billy.

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