Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Year of my Miraculous Reappearance by Catherine Ryan Hyde

This author wrote the famous book Pay it Forward which was made into a movie which I loved. I just finished this novel, took about two days and liked it overall. It is a basic story of a young girl living with an alcoholic mother and she takes care of her much younger brother who has Down's Syndrome. Cynthia eventually starts drinking like her mother. She gets in trouble with the law and must attend AA meetings. Fast paced and just okay. At one point I felt like I wanted to adopt the girl.

Another maybe...

6 Comments:

At May 25, 2007 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Kip said...

So, I previusly posted to the wrong book (sorry Karrie), but what I meant to say about THIS book is that there seemed to be a mix of realistic and unrealistic situations with addiction. It was a fairly enjoyable read, though I would just say MAYBE for this one.

 
At May 25, 2007 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Karrie said...

No worries, Kip. I mix up titles all the time. (And usually take it as a sign that the books must not be super memorable if I do!)

 
At August 1, 2007 at 7:29 AM , Blogger kathy said...

Year of my miraculous... would be a tough read for those who expect parents to eventually step up to the plate - Cynnie is tough, fortunately. I am curious about the author's bio and wonder how much of the story is grounded in her life. I vote yay. (but not a yay+, so we can eliminate later if needed - is that less wishy washy than maybe?)

 
At August 23, 2007 at 8:34 AM , Blogger Iris said...

I starting this book prepared to dislike it. I have a relative who got a DUI a few years back and I never forgave him, so I wasn't about to forgive Cynthia either. But by the end I really enjoyed the story, especially Cynthia's relationship with her art teacher, Zack, and Snake. I read it all in one sitting, so I think positive feelings and a need to finish the story adds up to a Yay.

 
At October 28, 2007 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Ms. Zandra said...

When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be the kind of book I could really get into and finish in a day or too. Boy was I wrong. I struggled with this on because it was so frustrating to read. Thank goodness Cynnie was tough because her family, especially her grandparents and her sister, were not there for her. I just felt so sorry for Cynnie and I kept putting this one down. Yeah, eventually I finished reading and I'm glad it had a somewhat positive ending. This one is a MAYBE for me.

 
At January 22, 2008 at 6:50 AM , Blogger kathy said...

In light of subsequent reading since I voted on this title, I am revising some votes to narrow the field for the top 20 discussion. NAY

 

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