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The Resource Everything grows : a novel, Aimee Herman

Everything grows : a novel, Aimee Herman

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Everything grows : a novel
Title
Everything grows
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Aimee Herman
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Fifteen-year-old Eleanor Fromme just chopped off all of her hair. How else should she cope after hearing that her bully, James, has taken his own life? When Eleanor's English teacher suggests students write letters they'll never send, Eleanor writes to James. With each letter she writes, Eleanor discovers more about herself, even while trying to make sense of his death. And, with the help of a unique cast of characters, Eleanor not only learns what it means to be inside a body that does not quite match what she feels on the inside, but also comes to terms with her own mother's mental illness
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Review
  • Grades 9-12 Fifteen-year-old Eleanor is dealing with her mother’s recent attempted suicide when James, her secret bully, takes his own life. Inspired by a class assignment, Eleanor starts writing to James in her journal. The connection she begins to feel with James sparks a desire in Eleanor to lead her life as honestly as possible, and she begins coming out to friends and family as a lesbian. Coming out feels like a relief at first—but as she gets more comfortable with herself, she feels like there might be more to uncover about her identity. Eleanor’s candid descriptions of her explorations and feelings about her identity, her body, and her mother’s mental illness ring true and involve the amount of processing, obsessing, and missteps expected from a teenager trying to figure things out. Eleanor is helped by a string of characters that teach her about gender identities and offer her support, but most of them come off as props in her education rather than well-developed characters. Sensitive and informative. -- Beth McIntyre (Reviewed 4/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 15, p65)
  • Gr 9 Up—In this novel set in Nirvana-obsessed 1993–94, Eleanor's classmate and bully, James, dies by suicide. Eleanor's English teacher assigns letter-writing as a way of coping, and Eleanor chooses to write to James about all of the details of her life, including coming out as a lesbian and possibly transgender, her mother's own suicide attempt, her sister's abortion, her parents' divorce, and her first experiences with dating and sex. Part of Eleanor's writing is a response to James's own journal, which she obtained after befriending his mother at suicide survivor meetings. James's journal is also written as letters, surprisingly addressed to "Elinore," and he discloses that he is also gay. Other than the inconsistent, sometimes forced presence of the 1990s setting, these teen trials and family dynamics are perennially relatable. VERDICT The conversational writing has appeal, and Eleanor's story will hit home with many teen readers.—Elaine Fultz, Madison Jr. Sr. High School, Middletown, OH --Elaine Fultz (Reviewed 04/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 3, p91)
  • In 1993 suburban New Jersey, a teen processes a peer's death and a parent's near death while deciphering her own identity. Fifteen-year-old Eleanor wasn't close to classmate James before he killed himself: James had called her homophobic slurs, pushed her down, and spit on her. When a teacher assigns epistolary journals, Eleanor directs hers to James because her own mother recently attempted suicide. But Eleanor's immediately sympathetic tone toward her late bully—even wanting to make him a mixtape!—is baffling. When she acquires James' journal and savors it, it seems a textually convenient way to slowly dole out James' backstory to readers. Her warmth fits only later, after she discovers James had a secret of his own. On the plus side, the page-turning prose offers a sparkling new friend, a first kiss, and a worth-her-weight-in-gold trans mentor. The text is graceful and nuanced as Eleanor comes out as a lesbian and then keeps wondering who she is because she senses another layer. Some readers will be frustrated that despite a name change to Eler, Eler never articulates that other layer. A trans and/or nonbinary identity for Eler feels both definite and unclaimed, the arc achingly unfinished. Eler is white and Jewish. In a novel where most characters are white—though Eler's love interest is coded as black—it is unfortunate that when ethnic diversity appears, it is often in a negative context. Flawed but with great beauty. (Fiction. 15-18) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10777013
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Herman, Aimee
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sexual minorities
  • Mental illness
  • Suicide
  • Coming of age
  • Letters
  • Sexual minorities
  • Mental illness
  • Suicide
  • Coming of age
  • Letters
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Everything grows : a novel, Aimee Herman
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1052872541
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9781941110683
Lccn
2018962451
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1052872541
Label
Everything grows : a novel, Aimee Herman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1052872541
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
223 pages
Isbn
9781941110683
Lccn
2018962451
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1052872541

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