I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when i purchased it other than i had read David levithan's books Everyday, and Another Day. He has this interesting writing style that is very plain and direct, not over flowery, but can put complicated emotions and concepts into simple terms to get them across. If i had to describe it in few words i say he writes poetry with plain words.
This book for me explored some hard to define feelings of indirect loss. Im going to try and describe that as, when the main characters felt the absence of something that didn't directly impact there lives, and how that absence triggered a variety of emotions like anxiety, numbness, and detachment. This isn't a book that you need to curl up with a box of tissues to read. However there is a lot of observations from the main characters that gives you a lot to digest in a meaningful way.
Personally, i started reading this book the night a childhood mentor of mine died of cancer (to...
A very sweet novel taking you through three view points if teenagers, two seniors and one college kid. It explores what happened that day from near and far. It takes you up in their grief and how the three characters and the nation processed 9/11. I would recommend it. Especially for those readers, that were nit able to grasp the full extent of that day. I myself was in third grade and could not understand what a building in New York meant to us, nor what it meant to have the planes highjacked and crashed. This book creates meaning for those that were not there
I remember having a conversation with a family friend a year or so after 9/11. We were talking about humanity and the good and the seriously ugly that comes out of humanity. And after we talked about some pretty ugly things, one being all the people who died on 9/11, I made a comment that quieted us both. I said (not verbatim), "Well, there wasn't a single call of vengeance or hate or anger that came from those buildings or those planes. They were all of love." I remember him pondering that for a moment and saying, "I guess humans aren't so bad after all." We lived through 9/11. We remember where we were that day. What we were doing. Who we were with. But our children and students don't. I am teaching middle school students who were born after that horrible day. They hear about the horror, but none remember it. So how do we teach them about a day we will never forget? David Levithan has the right idea with Love is the Higher Law. He talks about the people who survived that day. And...
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