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A Year and a Day Fifteen year old Alice dreams of her first kiss has sleepovers auditions for Our Town and tries to pass high school biology It s and at first look her life would seem to be normal and unexce

  • Title: A Year and a Day
  • Author: Leslie Pietrzyk
  • ISBN: 9780060554668
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Year and a Day By Leslie Pietrzyk, Fifteen year old Alice dreams of her first kiss, has sleepovers, auditions for Our Town, and tries to pass high school biology It s 1975, and at first look, her life would seem to be normal and unexceptional But in the world that Leslie Pietrzyk paints, every moment she chronicles is revealed through the kaleidoscope of loss, stained by the fact that Alice s mother, withFifteen year old Alice dreams of her first kiss, has sleepovers, auditions for Our Town, and tries to pass high school biology It s 1975, and at first look, her life would seem to be normal and unexceptional But in the world that Leslie Pietrzyk paints, every moment she chronicles is revealed through the kaleidoscope of loss, stained by the fact that Alice s mother, without warning, note, or apology, deliberately parks her car on the railroad tracks, in the path of an oncoming train.In the emotional year that follows, Alice and her older brother find themselves in the care of their great aunt, forced to cope and move forward Lonely and confused, Alice absorbs herself in her mother Annette s familiar rituals, trying to recapture their connection only to be stunned by the sound of her mother s voice speaking to her, engaging Alice in conversations and offering some insight into the life that she had led, beyond her role as Alice s mother.

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    1. This is a wonderful story of a 15 year old girl who loses her mother, and spends a year questioning why, all the while hearing her mother s voice speaking to her, coaching her, teaching her, and telling her things that she did not know when her mother was alive.Alice Martin is a typical teenagerhanging out with friends, having crushes on boys, and cherishes the times that she spends with her mom Her mother, however, occasionally falls into deep depressions, and it was during one of these spells, [...]

    2. This is an excellent novel The type of story that reaches in you and gets to your heart Tragic, sad, hopeful and beautiful all in one This book makes you think about your existence, your truth and makes you question if you really need to know everything about your parents Their life before you, has shaped them to be who they are today however, they do not reveal all to you Is it that important They had you and now they are part of you Isn t that enough Very interesting insight I enjoyed the main [...]

    3. For anyone who has lost a beloved parent, this book will ring true For me, that first year was tough and I was relieved when it was finished It seemed to be a milestone and an accomplishment that I could make it through that first year without dying myself.This is a beautiful, poignant novel about a teen age girl whose mother s suicide begins a year of searching, pain, self discovery, and, eventually, forgiveness and love It is beautifully written with many passages I read over and over I have r [...]

    4. The novel centers on Alice in the year following her mother s suicide, through her relationships with her remaining family and new friends I found using that log line to explain the book doesn t do justice to the story s depth or the characters development as people The book touches on so much than just a grieving teenager, which can be a lot to handle by itself There are issues concerning the validity of existence, the strength of family, a little Ouija board action, and ultimately remembering [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this book a lot It s about a girl whose mother dies suddenly, and she s told that it takes a year to get over the death and have life feel normal.I was just a little bit older than the main character, Alice, in 1975, and even though I grew up in a vastly different area, I could relate to so much of what she was going through in life, besides the death of her mother.I d highly recommend this book.

    6. Love some of the details included, which brought back memories of my childhood adolescence such as ants on a log snack celery logs filled with peanut butter and sprinkled with raisin ants , and sibling sister brother interactions.

    7. A woman I didn t really know, but sat with for three weeks during Cole s 7th grade baseball season gave me this book She read all during the games it was so interesting I loved this book Here s a summary Fifteen year old Alice dreams of her first kiss, has sleepovers, auditions for Our Town, and tries to pass high school biology It s 1975, and at first look, her life would seem to be normal and unexceptional But in the world that Leslie Pietrzyk paints, every moment she chronicles is revealed th [...]

    8. The day to day struggles Alice internalizes as a teenager trying to make it without her mother are touching It s hard enough being a teenager But teenager who is different in this case having the stigma of her mother s suicide hanging over her makes going to school and facing her peers even challenging Overall, the book felt very true to the struggles Alice would be experiencing As she is discovering who she is and facing her own life with many unanswered questions, Alice walks alone on this jo [...]

    9. I really enjoyed this book It focuses on the year after a 15 year old girl loses her mother to suicide It s not as heavy as it sounds I enjoyed it because I thought that it captured in a very specific, but subtle way, how we all go through the grieving process The author did some research for this book, and her knowledge comes through on the pages.This book is both a well written and a quiet read I found it to be a nice change of pace from some of the other things that I have been reading of lat [...]

    10. First person narrative chronicling the year following fifteen year old Alice s mother s suicide Amidst a time when her world is upended Alice hears her mother s voice offering make up tips, boyfriend advice, sharing secrets from her own shadowy past yet never answering the one thing Alice most wants to know, why The cast of high school characters is a bit too formulaic but Pietrzyk s writing remain unstilted Alice s actions seem consistent with someone in her shoes and I think most Americans cou [...]

    11. Tragic and sad and hopeful and beautiful all in one The setting of the seventies era enhances the effect of the message this book is putting out there It brings up an interesting point that as children we often forget that our parents are human beings, without super powers and have lived full lives and experienced many things before and during the time they are our parents that we are not aware of This book really made me think a lot about my parents and put some things into perspective for me.

    12. Pretty good novel, coming of age story of a sixteen year old girl in Iowa struggling to understand why her mother killed herself The story unfolds as a year in her life as she grieves, grows in understanding both of herself and her mother It sometimes really captured the scene, such as detasselling corn then a sudden fierce thunderstorm or a slumber party full of girls, but it seemed a little slow or repetitious to me by the end of the book.

    13. I loved the writing style and the prose, and if I were really into the story I would have completed it I also loved how the author really described the emotions and the grief, so much so that I could actually see how much Alice and her family were grieving for their mother However, A Year and A Day isn t really my kind of book so I couldn t complete it.

    14. Fifteen year old Alice and her older brother, Will, deal with the death of their mother in this coming of age novel set in a small town in Iowa I had a lot of empathy for Alice as she tried to find her way through the first year after her mother died without much help from the adults around her I found that I read this book slowly as I wanted to savor it.

    15. I read this a little while after my friend s mother passed away from breast cancer and this book had me crying It s absolutely heartbreaking but simply and beautiful all together I would definitely recommend it

    16. Thought provoking character development Found myself skimming at times, but always drawn back into the story Offensive language, and some sexual themes throughout, but not in a celebratory way this girl is lost and confused and trying to understand life Nothing I d read again.

    17. This novel told such a beautiful story of a growing up, dealing with the loss of a mother, the relationship between brother sister and the secrets everyone has Truly a wonderful novel from start to finish.

    18. Pretty good book for the Wal Mart clearance rack, although I like endings a little wrapped up and was waiting the whole time to find out why she could hear her dead mother talking to her Wasn t satisfied with the answer.

    19. Will be interesting to see what book club thinksere are some aspects of the novel I really liked the anger and confusion of not knowing what exactly happened and the cultural time references, but I thought the novel didn t go far enough in explaining and resolving a lot of the books issues.

    20. This book leaves me feeling numb, but I have read it three times It leaves me introspective It truly captures those moments of growth in a persons life It s not a must read, but it is a slow down from all the fast paced rest.

    21. This is a story of loss with an amazing character, Alice, leading readers thru her ordeal after her mother commits suicide.

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