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Every other weekend, Abigail Johnson

Label
Every other weekend
Title
Every other weekend
Statement of responsibility
Abigail Johnson
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Adam Moynihan's life used to be awesome. Straight As, close friends and a home life so perfect that it could have been a TV show straight out of the 50s. Then his oldest brother died. Now his fun-loving mom cries constantly, he and his remaining brother can't talk without fighting, and the father he always admired proved himself a coward by moving out when they needed him most. Jolene Timber's life is nothing like the movies she loves--not the happy ones anyway. As an aspiring director, she should know, because she's been reimagining her life as a film ever since she was a kid. With her divorced parents at each other's throats and using her as a pawn, no amount of mental reediting will give her the love she's starving for. Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. But when one's life begins to mend while the other's spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed"--
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Review
  • Grades 8-11 Adam’s family is blown apart by his brother’s death, to the point where his parents separate to try to ease the hurt they feel. Jolene is cruelly used as a pawn in her parents’ bitter divorce agreement, forced to spend two weekends a month at her dad’s place with his girlfriend when her dad isn't even there. Adam, it turns out, spends weekends at his dad’s place in the same building. Johnson beautifully evokes the tender romance that eventually builds between them after their first encounters, offering readers access to the two teens’ inner thoughts and fragile psyches. Jolene’s loneliness, especially, will break hearts; already practically abandoned by her parents, she knows her weekends with Adam could end if his family reunites. The guilt she feels in hoping to maintain their situation just adds to her level of emotional fragility. Never is her vulnerability more heartrending than when she ends up having a chilling encounter with a sexual predator in the building. The positive, not overly simplistic resolution to the complicated story will touch readers. -- Anne O'Malley (Reviewed 9/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 2, p62)
  • Gr 7 Up—Adam's parents have separated due to grief over the death of their oldest son. Jolene is being used as a pawn in her parent's divorce. On the surface, this is the story of a friendship and budding romance between Adam and Jolene, who spend every other weekend at their dads' apartments. However, in addition to the tender love story, the book takes on a number of important issues for young adults including divorce, loss, grief, family dynamics, relationship control, and sexual assault. The two main characters are well developed and teen readers will easily empathize with their emotions, their family conflicts, and the events that unfold in their lives. The narrative perspective shifts with each chapter, alternating between Adam and Jolene, providing readers with the inner thoughts of each character both when they are together on the weekend, and during the weeks apart. The author also uses texting conversation threads as the communication vehicle in between their visits, a technique that will resonate with teens. VERDICT Romance fans will especially enjoy this title, as it delves into many family and relationship issues. Recommended for general purchase.—Theresa Muraski, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Library --Theresa Muraski (Reviewed 11/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 10, p65)
  • Two teens from broken families find solace in one another's company. After the death of his oldest brother, Adam and the rest of his family grieve in ways that pull them apart. When Adam's father moves out, Adam and his other brother alternate weekends with each of their parents. At his father's apartment complex, Adam meets his neighbor Jolene, a 15-year-old aspiring filmmaker who is a pawn in her parents' bitter divorce. Her father cheated on her mother with a much younger woman, and Jolene is forced to spend every other weekend with her since her father is never home. Though details of their situations differ, Adam's and Jolene's lives parallel one another as they develop a special kinship in which Jolene is a balm to soothe Adam's grief and anger with his father and Adam offers a critical remedy for Jolene's deep-rooted loneliness. Though the story feels long-winded at times, Johnson (Even If I Fall, 2019, etc.) has written a complex and emotionally charged character-driven story that explores a variety of painfully human themes, including loss and emotional abuse. Adam's and Jolene's struggles will draw readers in, and the slow-burning romance will touch readers' hearts. The book situates whiteness as the norm; Jolene's father's girlfriend is Asian, and two of Jolene's friends are dark skinned. Heart-wrenching and hopeful—a reminder that we can change our stories. (Fiction. 13-18) (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2019)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10832719
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LPU
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1980-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Abigail
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • Teenagers
  • Friendship
  • Children of divorced parents
  • Divorce
  • Broken homes
  • Teenagers
  • Friendship
  • Children of divorced parents
  • Divorce
  • Broken homes
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Every other weekend, Abigail Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1124856206
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
504 pages
Isbn
9781335929099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1124856206
Label
Every other weekend, Abigail Johnson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1124856206
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
504 pages
Isbn
9781335929099
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1124856206

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