I'll be There

I'll be There

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Raised by an unstable father who keeps the family constantly on the move, Sam Border hasn't been in a classroom since the second grade. He's always been the rock for his younger brother Riddle, who stopped speaking long ago and instead makes sense of the world through his strange and intricate drawings. It's said that the two boys speak with one voice-and that voice is Sam's. Then, Sam meets Emily Bell, and everything changes. The two share an immediate and intense attraction, and soon Sam and Riddle find themselves welcomed into the Bell's home. Faced with normalcy for the first time, they know it's too good to last. Told from multiple perspectives, Holly Goldberg Sloan's debut novel offers readers fresh voices and a gripping story, with vivid glimpses into the lives of many unique characters. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I'll Be There is a story about connections both big and small, and deftly explores the many ways that our lives are woven together.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 32mm | 510g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316122793
  • 9780316122795
  • 398,994

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A 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book A 2011 Los Angeles Public Library Best of YA Book A 2011 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book A Holland Golden List Award Winner
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A 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults BookA 2011 Los Angeles Public Library Best of YA BookA 2011 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best BookA Holland Golden List Award Winner "Sloan delivers a cinematic, psychologically nuanced first novel...[and] excels at crafting memorable characters and relationships."--Publishers Weekly "Sam and Riddle are wonderfully appealing characters that readers will root for....A highly suspenseful read with a dynamic, cinematic quality that keeps the pages turning to the satisfying conclusion."--Booklist * "Sloan builds characters rich with depth and realism.... A terrific read, quick to capture the audience, this book will make readers sing the melody in their hearts."--VOYA, starred review * "[A] life-affirming exploration of the subtleties of love, compassion, and relationships. . . . Like the song it was named for, this book is hard to get out of your head."
--The Horn Book, starred review "[Sloan] has fashioned a cast of memorable characters with compelling stories and relationships."--Kirkus Reviews * "Illustrates how we are all connected in big and small, positive and negative ways....[This] riveting story will keep readers interested and guessing until the end."--School Library Journal, starred review
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About Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and two sons. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sloan grew up around the world-from Oregon to Istanbul. Sloan is an author and screenwriter and I'll Be There is her debut novel.
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6,627 ratings
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3 18% (1,204)
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1 2% (160)

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This was fantastic! I'll be there is written in a unique and effective way. It's very hard to believe that this is Sloan's debut novel. The book explores the lives of several people, mainly the Border, Bell and Ellis families and how they all come together over the disapperance of the two Border children, Sam and Riddle and their abusive father, Clarence. Sam and Riddle are both very strong characters with distinct personalities, especially Riddle. In fact, I found most of the personalities to be strong and unique and seeing how everyone interacted together was very interesting. It was really fascinating to see how everybody developed, in themselves and also in their relationships with others as events unfolded. Although I didn't feel as though there were many cliffhangers despite the rather eventful incident in the forest, I felt as though there was a slight sense of suspense throughout the whole thing which made me want to keep on reading. I loved how everything was wrapped up at the end and I'm glad that we got to see everyones outcome. With it's fantastic characters and great storytelling, this is a book I'd recommend.show more
by Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page)
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