When reason breaks

by Rodriguez, Cindy L., 1971-

Format: Print Book 2015.
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Squirrel Hill Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Rodriguez
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Rodriguez
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F RODRIGUE Cindy L
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F RODRIGUE Cindy L
Northland Public Library Teen YA FIC RODRIGUEZ
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz's English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson's poetry as their guide, both girls must conquertheir personal demons to ever be happy.
In an emotionally taut novel that is equal parts literary and commercial, with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls fighting for their lives.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "She means to kill herself. Creeping out of her house before her family wakes. Leaving a note signed E. Stopping to deliver a note and her journal to Ms. Diaz's classroom. Who is she? Why has she given up on life? Flash back to the first day of school, where Elizabeth Davis is snarling her way through Ms. Diaz's English class. For Elizabeth, life sucks. Her father has died, her mother ignores her, and there is no money. Sitting beside her, good girl Emily Delgado is distracted by her own problems. Raised in an ultraconservative family, Emily must hide her romance with boyfriend Kevin. One stray photo or text could ignite the ire of her father, and then Emily's life will be ruined. Both girls are drawn to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, as taught by Ms. Diaz. But only one identifies with Dickinson's dark side. The girls' stories are very different, but they both portray the mutable expressions of severe depression. In addition, Dickinson fans will love the focus on her life and poetry.--Colson, Diane Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "First-time author Rodriguez cleverly represents Emily Dickinson's dark side and her reclusive tendencies through the two distinct personalities of her teenage heroines, who are studying the poet in English class. Elizabeth Davis, who enjoys visiting a nearby cemetery, is fascinated with death, but her expression of it through drawings and journal entries have gotten her into trouble at school. Classmate Emily Delgado is not nearly as bold, keeping her despair a secret, but the pressure of being the perfect daughter of a rising politician is becoming too heavy a burden to bear. After the girls team for a project on Dickinson, Elizabeth's ideas are misinterpreted, causing her to become enraged, while Emily, absorbed in conflicts with old friends and the boy she likes, spirals into depression. The question remains whether, in the heat of their individual crises, the newly formed friendship between Elizabeth and Emily can survive. If the numerous allusions to Dickinson's life (pointed out in an author's note) are somewhat forced at times, the inner torment of the two main characters and the book's psychologically intense climax remain gripping. Ages 13-up. Agent: Laura Langlie. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Dickinson, Emily, -- 1830-1886 -- Fiction.
Emotional problems -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Hispanic Americans -- Fiction.
Goth culture (Subculture) -- Fiction.
Suicide -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :2015.
Language English
Description 294 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781619634121
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