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Both Sides Now

AMAZON AFFILIATE

Author: Pennebaker, Ruth

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Number Of Pages: 224

Release Date: 09-07-2002

Details: Product Description Liza thinks she and her mother, Rebecca, are as different as a mother and daughter can be. Liza, a successful high school junior, works hard at keeping her life under control while maintaining a positive outlook. Rebecca, who gave up writing after her book was rejected, recently completed grueling treatment for breast cancer. When tests reveal that more painful treatments are needed, it seems to Liza that Rebecca has given up. As the control of Liza’s once predictable life unravels, she sees her mother’s courage and strength in a whole new light. Perhaps they can share the pain of the unknown together. Amazon.com Review Fifteen-year-old Liza is the antithesis of the stereotypical teenager. Buttoned-down and straight-laced, Liza thinks carefully before she speaks, jogs regularly, and doesn't waste her valuable time on tantrums or tears. "If you don't plan, you'll get taken by surprise, and I don't want that to happen to me. I want to plan for everything so that I can have a good, successful life." But the one thing that Liza could never have planned on was her mother Rebecca getting breast cancer. With her mom's diagnosis, Liza is abruptly launched into a world without rules or meaning. Her characteristic sense of responsibility shot, Liza flunks driver's ed, forgets to fact check an important school newspaper article, and gets drunk for the first time. Suddenly, she begins to understand how her mother must feel, having to take life as it comes, and not being able to control every outcome. "Maybe I never understood anything.... Everything I knew--about Mom and Dad, about myself... has been wrong. It makes me feel stupid for the first time in my life. I'm not as smart as I thought I was. That's clear." Young-adult author Ruth Pennebaker has penned her best book to date. Writing in a way that is wholly accessible to teens, her characterization of Liza is complex and solid. Though this is mainly Liza's story, a smattering of paragraphs are written in Rebecca's voice, giving the novel an added bittersweet quality--especially when the reader discovers that Pennebaker herself is a cancer survivor. Both Sides Now is a commendable addition to a small group of titles recently published about mothers, daughters, and cancer that includes Joan Abelove's Saying It Out Loud and Karin Cook's What Girls Learn. (Ages 12 to 18) --Jennifer Hubert Review "Pennebaker writes convincingly in two voices, those of a mother and daughter each fighting the terrifying reality of mom’s breast cancer.”–The Horn Book Magazine, Starred From the Inside Flap Liza thinks she and her mother, Rebecca, are as different as a mother and daughter can be. Liza, a successful high school junior, works hard at keeping her life under control while maintaining a positive outlook. Rebecca, who gave up writing after her book was rejected, recently completed grueling treatment for breast cancer. When tests reveal that more painful treatments are needed, it seems to Liza that Rebecca has given up. As the control of Liza?s once predictable life unravels, she sees her mother?s courage and strength in a whole new light. Perhaps they can share the pain of the unknown together. From the Back Cover "Pennebaker writes convincingly in two voices, those of a mother and daughter each fighting the terrifying reality of mom’s breast cancer.”–The Horn Book Magazine, Starred About the Author Ruth Pennebaker has written about her own experiences with breast cancer in The Dallas Morning News. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Both Sides Now It's foggy and misty this morning, but I can see the finish line the minute I turn the last corner. It's about a block away. Lots of people are standing around it, clapping and yelling. There are pink balloons everywhere, and they bob up and down in the wind. When I cross the line, a woman in a white sweatshirt and aviator gla

EAN: 9780440229339

Package Dimensions: 7.0 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches

Languages: English