Alison, Who Went Away by Vivian Vande Velde
By Vivian Vande Velde
Fourteen-year-old Susan (or, as she prefers to be known as, Sybil) has been attempting to reinvent herself ever because the mysterious disappearance of her older sister, Alison. lifestyles has been very complicated given that Alison left. Susan’s mom has turn into overly protecting, frightened of wasting one other baby. Her new institution isn't really all undesirable, after all, however it is diversified and confusing. Her ally, Connie, has what can be a marvelous proposal — or perhaps it has the makings of a catastrophe: in the event that they join the college play, they could prove with dates for the freshman dance. Readers will empathize with Susan’s try to make feel of her pressured international, the lack of her sister, a brand new institution, turmoil at domestic, and the becoming pains of formative years. yet Susan, regardless of all, continues to be brilliant, humorous, and self acutely aware with the aid of a brand new and intelligently supportive stepfather and a full of life staff of college neighbors. the tale is plausible and touching and exceptional by way of the narrator’s voice.
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MacNeely is happy if I keep the words coming out at the same rate as the other girls. Scales, please, Father Kevin says to the pianist, who smirks even more broadly than usual. The rotten kid with the glovewhich hes finally removed from his headis facing backwards, gaping at me. Im not even looking to see Matts reaction to all this. Ive seen him cross his eyes at some of the other kids attempts. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, the pianist sings. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah. I throw a dirty look at Connie, whos beaming. Shes always liked being the center of attention.
Get in, Connie says. If were late, all the good jobs will be taken, and well be left with clean-up. I get in, which is obviously a relief for Mrs. Miraglia. She starts the car moving practically before Ive got the door closed, so I cant change my mind. You two are going to have such a good time, she assures us. Then, once were safely out of the driveway and onto the street, she asks, Whats this play called again? Love in the Spotlight, Connie tells her. It was a Broadway musical or something. Never heard of it, Mrs.
Then theres my brother Bryan, whos five, which also is a long way from fourteen. Five from fourteen means I was nine when my mother and Wally were going about conceiving him, which was practically old enough for me to know what Page 2 they were doing when they were doing it. I mean, youd think parents would show a little self-restraint. Not only that, but Bryan still wets his bed. No, wait, what I should say is hes started wetting his bed again, which for the most part Id say is his own business, except that now he has to take a bath every morning.