The Resource Speed of life, Carol Weston

Speed of life, Carol Weston

Label
Speed of life
Title
Speed of life
Statement of responsibility
Carol Weston
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on. Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down
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Tone
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Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2018.
Review
  • Grades 6-9 /* Starred Review */ Fourteen-year-old Sofia Wolfe moves through life smiling with friends and hiding the sorrow of having lost her Spanish mother almost a year earlier. The only people she has to talk to are her abuelo in Spain, and—regarding girl things—“Dear Kate,” a teen-advice columnist with whom she can anonymously discuss personal matters. When Sofia’s father reveals he’s dating Kate, Sofia initially feels betrayed that he’s moving on with his life when she can’t. But just as things start to gel between Kate and Sofia, Kate’s daughter Alexa and her ex-boyfriend complicate Sofia’s life further. This novel is jam-packed with important, dramatic, and inevitable aspects of adolescence, from pimples to periods to popularity. On top of these concerns are potential developments that could “destroy” Sofia’s life: having to move and attend a new school, becoming part of a blended family, navigating new friendship dynamics, and learning that people you look up to aren’t always who you think they are. The narrative effectively contrasts the diversity of a city environment with that of suburban life, and any opportunity for over-the-top melodrama is tempered by the book’s strong and likable narrator. Weston draws heavily on her years as “Dear Carol” at Girls’ Life magazine, creating a solid, affecting tale of maturing and coming to grips with one’s reality. -- Fredriksen, Jeanne (Reviewed 4/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 16, p51)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7–10—It's January, and eighth grader Sofia's mother has now been dead for nine months. Disturbed that her dad has started dating so soon, Sofia, who is half Spanish, writes to Fifteen magazine's "Dear Kate" for advice. Kate's thoughtful response soon has Sofia writing back multiple times, asking many of the questions that a normal teen would ask her mom—if she still had one. Sofia is horrified to discover that the mystery woman her dad is dating is none other than Dear Kate herself! Does Sofia come clean or just disappear? This slice-of-life story echoes the author's own experience as a teen magazine advice columnist and addresses all sorts of issues: death, grieving, moving, parental dating, parental sexuality, stepsibling conflict, self-esteem, relationships, and more. This refreshing work tackles a lot of themes, but eventually Sofia does get to a better place. The target audience is likely to become engaged despite the slow pace, because Weston isn't afraid to tackle the squirm-inducing questions common to high school freshmen too embarrassed to seek sound information from reliable sources. VERDICT Purchase where sweet and charming character-driven fiction for tweens is in demand.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX --Elizabeth Friend (Reviewed 03/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 03, p140)
  • /* Starred Review */ Weston (the Ava and Pip series) carefully explores grief, blended families, and first love as she follows 14-year-old Sofia Wolfe, whose mother died of a sudden aneurysm. With her mother gone, Sofia is facing the difficult realization that life goes on: “You can’t mourn forever. When you’re alive you have to live.” After Kate Baird, who writes the “Dear Kate” advice column for Fifteen magazine, visits her school, Sofia begins an email correspondence with her; complications arise when Sofia learns that Kate is the mystery woman her father has been dating. After she and her father move in with Kate and her teenage daughter, Alexa, Sofia must decide whether she will leave her Upper West Side private school for public school and pursue a relationship with Sam, Alexa’s ex. Each chapter represents a month, and readers spend a year with Sofia as Weston believably chronicles her transition from middle school to high school. Sofia’s growth—amid unexpected interest from boys, her first relationship, new additions to her family, and grief—is both relatable and moving. Ages 11–14. Agent: Susan Ginsberg, Writers House. (Apr.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/13/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 07, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ With the first anniversary of her mother's death quickly approaching, 14-year-old Sofia finds herself full of questions with nowhere to turn for answers. When a white teen-advice columnist visits her private NYC school, Sofia finds sending an anonymous email to a stranger is a lot easier than approaching her father in person. Soon the white girl is corresponding regularly with Dear Kate, the straight-talking source for teen girls. Sofia talks about her mother, boys, her changing body, and friend drama. And Kate seems to really care. But things get tricky when the mystery woman her father has been seeing turns out to be Kate herself. And they become even more difficult when Sofia meets Kate's angry daughter, Alexa, and starts falling for a boy Alexa used to date. But good friends, including Vietnamese-Brazilian Kiki, and a devoted father help Sofia find her way through the maze of parties, hook-ups, and possible first love. The multicultural cast is led by the completely likable Sofia, whose mother was Spanish and whose abuelo's comforting presence remains across the ocean. Her story has no fast, easy answers, but there is a clear message that while time does not necessarily heal, it helps. The advice of not to fall too hard, too fast, or too far is real, not preachy. Complex characters and a strong voice make this one stand out. (Fiction. 11-14)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017)
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TOH
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Weston, Carol
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 11-14
Literary form
fiction
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  • 7
  • 10
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True
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  • Teenage girls
  • Stepfamilies
  • Advice columnists
  • Grief
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Speed of life, Carol Weston
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Publication
Copyright
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Control code
ocn959878867
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9781492654490
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)959878867
Label
Speed of life, Carol Weston
Publication
Copyright
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
ocn959878867
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9781492654490
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)959878867

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