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The voice in my head, Dana L. Davis

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The voice in my head
Title
The voice in my head
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Dana L. Davis
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eng
Summary
"For Indigo Phillips, life has always been about basking in the shadow of her identical twin, Violet--the perfectly dressed, gentle, popular sister. The only problem the girls had in their lives was the occasional chaos that came with being part of the Phillips family brood. But when Violet becomes terminally ill and plans to die on her own terms via medically assisted death, Indigo spirals into desperation in her efforts to cope. That's when she begins to hear a mysterious voice--a voice claiming to be God. The Voice insists that if she takes Violet to a remote rock formation in the Arizona desert, her sister will live. Incredibly, Violet agrees to go -- if their dysfunctional family tags along for the ride. As she deals with outrageous mishaps, strange lodgings and even stranger folks along the way, Indigo will figure out how to come to terms with her sister, her family...and the voice in her head--
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  • Grades 9-12 Indigo Phillips, 18, can’t cope with the prospect of losing her identical twin, Violet, who is terminally ill and has chosen to die with dignity, on her own terms. After a failed attempt to take her own life, Indigo starts hearing a Dave Chappelle–like voice that claims to be God. The Voice persuades Indigo that taking a trip to a far-flung site in Arizona will help her twin live, so the boisterous Phillips family sets off in a rattling bus owned and driven by Pastor Jedidiah, a cheerful, nondenominational preacher. From Seattle to Arizona, the chaotic and close-knit African American family of nine and Jedidiah deal with innumerable glitches, an uncomfortable overnight experience, and an unlawful incident or two. Along the way, Indigo finds the courage to lead and gains insight into her unique family. The Voice has a nonreligious, easygoing attitude that provides laughs and lightens the anticipation of a teen’s medically assisted death. Meanwhile, the trip itself helps highlight what positive thinking and a little faith in oneself can yield. -- Jeanne Fredriksen (Reviewed 5/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 18, p56)
  • Gr 9 Up—Davis's second YA novel set in Seattle follows 18-year-old black twins Indigo and Violet and their chaotic family on an unlikely road trip. While attempting suicide, Indigo hears a voice say that her terminally ill twin Violet will live if she hikes the Wave, a 2.5-mile scenic rock formation in the Arizona desert. Unsure whether the voice is God or a symptom of a concussion, Indigo bravely pleads with her family before plans for Violet's medically assisted death unfold. Thanks to a resourceful pastor, Jedidiah, everything falls in place allowing the family to set off in a rainbow-colored paratransport bus covered in eyeballs. Jedediah, the twins, their retired parents, 16-year-old brother Alfred, and 33-year-old sister Michelle, as well as Michelle's husband and biracial children, are a motley group of passengers, seeking healing for Violet's pulmonary fibrosis. From kidney stones to an attempted robbery with a paintball gun, there is never a dull moment for the Phillips family. Indigo's perspective on herself and her family changes along the way, giving her acceptance and hope. The writing is refreshing and the characters relatable. Though the novel tackles the heavy subject matter of terminal illness, mental health, and death, lighthearted, comical scenes make for a heartfelt, entertaining read. VERDICT Readers of realistic fiction will enjoy the sibling banter, unique characters, and authentic dialogue.—Laura Jones, Argos Community Schools, IN --Laura Jones (Reviewed 05/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 4, p102)
  • A dysfunctional family sets off on a road trip after God speaks directly to one of them. Indigo Phillips is not coping well with her terminally ill sister's plan for assisted suicide and, in her grief, tries to kill herself. The African-American teen cries out to God in despair—and hears an answer. After she wakes up in the hospital, God proceeds to urge her to persuade her family to go on a road trip from their Seattle home to the Wave rock formation in Arizona, promising that her twin, Violet, will be cured if they reach it. The road trip includes Michelle, their controlling, know-it-all big sister; her husband, Drew, a Colville Indian man; their two spirited children; the twins' brother; their parents; and the family's white pastor from their nondenominational New Age church. The course of the road trip reveals a host of underlying issues the family members have yet to make peace with. Violet and Indigo's parents' behavior can come across as avoidant, as their continual joking deflects engagement with some of the serious topics raised, including Indigo's suicidality. Davis (Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now, 2018) takes readers on an emotional, heartbreaking journey that may feel predictable at times but addresses strong themes that will resonate with many readers. Family connection, religious exploration, and death with dignity form the beating heart of this moving novel. (Fiction. 14-adult) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2019)
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10780483
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1984-
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Davis, Dana L.
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Sisters
  • Twin sisters
  • Terminally ill
  • Faith
  • Euthanasia
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Voyages and travels
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Sisters
  • Twin sisters
  • Terminally ill
  • Faith
  • Euthanasia
  • Family problems
  • Voyages and travels
  • Seattle (Wash.)
Target audience
adolescent
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The voice in my head, Dana L. Davis
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Includes discussion questions and resources
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
in901877850
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9781335008497
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)9781335008497
Label
The voice in my head, Dana L. Davis
Publication
Note
Includes discussion questions and resources
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
in901877850
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9781335008497
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)9781335008497

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