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Set against the backdrop of the '60s, a dramatic novel follows Kady, who no longer wants to be associated with Rooster, a brain-damaged boy from Cuba, and her struggling family, especially since she starting hanging out with her new boyfriend and his wealthy friends, but soon tragedy strikes causing Kady to learn a valuable more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • Winslow Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1588370011
  • 9781588370013

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Despite relying on some cliched events and characters, Weaver shows strong storytelling ability in her first novel, a coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s. Fifteen-year-old Kady Palmer lives in a dilapidated cottage in a central-Florida orange grove with her parents, three siblings, and a demented grandmother. Two days a week, this poor family employs Jewel, a maid who gives Kady advice and the love her mother withholds. Next door live 17-year-old Tony, a responsible, articulate Cuban-American; his younger brother Rooster, who was brain-damaged at birth; and their alcoholic father. Rooster adores Kady, but she often snaps at him, wishing she had a normal life and fewer responsibilities. When Jon, a wealthy schoolmate, falls for Kady, she accepts his gifts of pretty dresses and money so she doesn't have to baby-sit after school. Instead, they spend time getting high with a group of spoiled rich kids at a nearby spring. One day Rooster finds them, eats some of their marijuana brownies, and-in a scene straight from propaganda movies about pot-tries to fly out of a tree. When he ends up in a coma, Jon wants to keep the brownies a secret. Kady finally recognizes his shallowness and starts to appreciate the strengths of her family and Tony. Weaver creates suspense, a strong sense of place, and a believable protagonist in narrator Kady. But too many characters are stereotyped-the warmhearted maid, the self-centered rich kids-while others, like her siblings, remain shadowy in this promising but uneven debut. "(Fiction. 12-15)" (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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26 ratings
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5 15% (4)
4 46% (12)
3 27% (7)
2 8% (2)
1 4% (1)
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