Saturday, January 12, 2008

Safe by Susan Shaw

This is the story of a girl who has just finished the 7th grade. She lost her mother at a very young age and on the last day of 7th grade she loses innocence and herself - she is raped, beaten and dumped for dead. The story takes the reader through the summer and her initial shock and denial of what has happened. Tracy and her father must deal with the police, their own feelings and the reactions of others. Tracy rejects therapy and her best friends efforts to help her through her fears. Tracy returns to school in the fall and spends the year of finding a place to escape - her piano lessons and then through the music and the determination of her father and friends, a way to grieve and begin to return to normalcy. I found this to be a very powerful book. It is sensitive in its telling and realistic in the stages of grief and recovery. I give this a big YAY.

4 Comments:

At January 27, 2008 at 6:45 AM , Blogger kathy said...

A contender for the top 20. The poem "To a Daughter Who Worries Much" is haunting, comforting and enveloping. Tracy's journey of grief and recovery causes her absorption in music and a new compulsion to practice piano. Tracy rejects pity and her best friend, limiting her world.

top 20 material. YAY

 
At February 1, 2008 at 3:51 PM , Blogger Janice Heilman said...

YAY

 
At February 1, 2008 at 6:33 PM , Blogger Karrie said...

Chalk up another YAY from me.

 
At February 2, 2008 at 7:57 AM , Blogger Iris said...

I thought this was pretty good, but I was disappointed by the second half o the book, I felt like it sort of petered out towards the end.. the poetry just didn't pull me in. NAY.

 

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