JANE IN BLOOM is a beautiful story of love, loss, and discovery. Ms. Lytton, a member of the Class of 2K9, comes out hitting with a winner.
The story starts out on an emotional high for Jane. It\'s the morning of her twelfth birthday and she is finally going to get her ears pierced. She is literally the last girl in her class to get them done. But the day soon turns bleak for Jane. Not only doesn\'t she get her ears pierced, nor get to open her presents (she\'s been secretly wishing for a digital camera), but her older sister, Lizzy (perfect and popular Lizzy) is found unconscious on the bathroom floor.
Three months later, Lizzy comes home, along with her eating disorder. No one talks about it, but it\'s always lurking in the background. And then, Lizzy is gone. The autopsy reveals she died from taking too many laxatives and diuretics. Jane\'s family is in slow motion and feels like it\'s falling apart.
Jane was always in the background, and after the funeral, her mother runs off to Arizona to Jane\'s grandparents. She\'s left her husband and Jane alone in the empty house. Slowly, Jane and her father begin to bond again until he has to go away on business.
Her dad brings in his old secretary to stay with Jane while he is gone. It\'s during Jane\'s time with Ethel that she finally starts to come to terms with her life. She\'s got a natural talent behind the lens, capturing life as it unfolds. While photographing Ethel\'s prized roses one day, she discovers that Hunter, the cute boy that came to her school halfway through the school year, lives next door. Hunter and Jane form a strong bond when they realize they each have lost loved ones.
The summer after Lizzy\'s death is a tough time for everyone in Jane\'s family. They all struggle with their grief in their own private ways. And it\'s through Jane\'s tragic summer that she can even emphasize with the girl that bullies her at school. Jane reaches out to someone else in trouble and proves that even though she\'s had loss, she\'s grown into a different and stronger person.
The story is told by Jane, the 12-year-old narrator. However, the surprising thing about JANE IN BLOOM is that Jane could be anyone. Ms. Lytton writes the novel in such a way that Jane could literally be ageless. The narration does not sound childish or overly exaggerated. It\'s a straightforward, heartfelt novel that will be sure to touch all who read it.show more