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reflections Ivan the One and Only Alexander s CROSSOVER and the outstanding validation of sports in the lives of young girls This book came to me highly recommended but I did feel an immediate appeal to it opting for other titles among the stack awaiting my attention A library due date nudged me to get it read and I m happy I did It feels like an important book for readers of any background or setting or current concerns because it offers hope and rings true for the age of the central cast I will say up front that Lindsey Stoddard s sopho novel RIGHT AS RAIN did not hit me with the same personal emotional punch that her debut JUST LIKE JACKIE did But boy can Stoddard write She wears her heart on her sleeve as a writer As much as I adored JUST LIKE JACKIE I think RIGHT AS RAIN may actually be better written and tightly constructedWe now right away that a major theme of this story is going to be about the things we bury emotionally as Rain starts the story off with this early memory of her literally burying dresses in the yard when she was young because she refused to wear them I thought this was a perfect visual to set up the theme of the story It speaks metaphorically to the feelings she s buried deep inside about losing her older brother Guthrie In fact every character in the story is burying something As a big fan of JUST LIKE JACKIE the structure of RIGHT AS RAIN felt familiar and Stoddard uses story elements in similar ways In JUST LIKE JACKIE we have Robinson baseball auto mechanics a grandfather with Alzheimer s and
Literary Reflections Ivan The One And Only
A Mystery Surrounding Robinson S Mother S Name In RIGHT mystery surrounding Robinson s mother s name In RIGHT RAIN we have Rain track gardening parents grieving the loss of a child and a mystery surrounding Rain s secret I don t point this out as a bad thing It s a comforting thing to me It s about Stoddard s style and voice being recognizable One of my favorite things about JUST LIKE JACKIE was the figurative language and RIGHT AS RAIN does not disappoint in this area either Stoddard fills Rain s narrative with perfect similes and metaphors that speak to Rain s character Rain grew up in rural Vermont and her father loves to garden so this is evident in the way she views situations around her The voice is flawless and the style reminds me of Jenni Holm s MAY AMELIA and TURTLE IN PARADISE in this way All the streets are one way so we drive down 151st and back up 152nd and we have to double park the van because cars are sueezed all the way down both sides of the street with just inches between them You wouldn t even plant seeds in a vegetable garden that close That s why there were seven years and
One Month Between Guthrie And month between Guthrie and Dad says to have to give things space to grow This passage tells us so much about Rain s observations in NYC her relationship with Guthrie and her father s way of looking at things both of our accents sound like twigs getting caught up in a weed whacker the dominoes men call out to him Hector dropping the H and hammering the ec like a tomato plant stake driving against rocky soil I already stick out like a cucumber plant trying to survive in a potato patch I can t get my dad out of his room and being in apartment number thirty one makes me feel like an overwatered plant whose soil has no air pockets and whose roots can t breathe because they re drowning I wish she d just cry so that I could cry too and it wouldn t feel like we re a retaining wall holding back soil that just wants to crumble out and is so tired of being packed in tight I also loved Stoddard s depiction of life inside a classroom You can tell she has been a teacher because sometimes in children s literature classrooms can feel so cookie cutter like In Rain s classroom Running with the Kenyans kids blurt out they socialize they chant and cheer they show anger they make fun of each other asids do but they learn lessons and come together too The activities they do felt like thoughtful projects Rain was in very good hands in Mrs Baldwin s class I m a big fan of Lindsey Stoddard Her writing has a lot of heart and the Perdido Street Station kids Inow that have read JUST LIKE JACKIE have loved it fiercely I have no doubt that RIGHT AS RAIN will have a similar impact on ids maybe even so I can t wait to read what she writes next. S fighting than ever and the anniversary of Guthrie’s death approaching Rain is determined to eep her big secret close to her heart But even she nows that when you bury things deep they grow up twice as tall. .
There is a lot to like here I especially loved the descriptions of Rain s New York Neighborhood and its impending gentrification I do find this a 55 for RIGHT AS RAIN Thank you to author lindseystoddardwrites and harpercollinsch for the free copy of this book to share with idlitexchange All opinions are my ownJUST LIKE JACKIE was a very special read for me in 2018 so I shamelessly begged Stoddard for a copy of her newest book RIGHT AS RAIN I m so glad This is a heartprint read for me and one of my favorite reads of 2019 so farRain is carrying a heavy burden She is sure her beloved older brother Guthrie s death over 350 days is her fault Meanwhile her father won t get out of bed and her mother is trying to fix the family with a change of scenery moving them from rural VT to the multicultural diverse world of Washington Heights in NYC It s the end of the school year but Rain has opportunities to contribute to her new community as a friend as a part of a 4x100 m relay team and in helping a neighbor eep her home In giving back it s just possible that Rain may find
herself again and help her family heal as wellThere s so much here a family dealing with unbearable grief feelingsagain and help her family heal as wellThere s so much here a family dealing with unbearable grief feelings otherness in a diverse community not yet her own gentrification and change homelessness adjustment to urban life and Rain and her new classmate and track teammate Frankie have a complicated relationship from the start that feels authentic and is richly drawn Every character feels like he or she is fully realized I found myself simultaneously wanting to race through the book to find out both what happens in the present and the past the night Guthrie dies is revealed bit by bit in flashbacks and also wanting to slow down and enjoy the characters and the writing Lindsey Stoddard is a new must buy mglit author for me If you missed Just Like Jackie be sure to go grab it Both Stoddard s works are stunning Rain is ending the school year in a new place Her mother has taken a job in New York City so the family moves from Vermont to start anew Rain s family is grieving the loss of her brother Each family is dealing with the loss in a different manner This is illustrated through the actions of each character Rain narrates the story but we get a well drawn family and how the loss of a child weighs heavy on everyone I like how Rain is becoming socially aware and that she represents other in her neighborhood largely made up of Latino families The friendships forged feel realistic There is subtlety in the themes of the book and I found that refreshing Right as Rain certainly packs a punch I would not recommend reading this book in public Not only will you be actually laughing out loud but also crying and sighing and a whole bunch of other things And non reader humans find it weird when you do that by yourself with just a book in front of you The main character in this book actually feels like a little girl without her being annoying She made a lot of decision that I now I would have made when I was her age The whole family felt entirely like real people trying to do their best I think this will be a great book for younger readers because it discusses serious topics without dumbing them down ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralRain s family has experienced a tragedy her older brother was illed in a car accident The mother thinks that the answer to their protracted grief is moving from a farm in Vermont to New York City where she has taken a job in a big hospital Rain s stay at home father seems to be a motivating factor behind the move because he has been having trouble even getting out of bed in the morning Moving to the city doesn t seem like the best idea
him since his primary in Vermont was gardening Rain s not happy having to transition to aFor Him Since His Primary
New School And Also Feels That Herschool and also feels that her s death is her fault but she manages to make friends eep up with her running and complete the volunteer hours her new school reuires She loves working at Ms Dacie s where children and families can stop by to get help with all manner of matters and work in the garden as well However funding has been pulled and Ms Dacie may need to close Rain tries to get her father involved in an effort to get him to be functional once agai. It’s been almost a year since Rain’s brother Guthrie died and her parents still don’t now it was all Rain’s fault In fact no one does Rain buried her secret deep no matter how heavy it weighs on her hea. ,
N and also tries to get her mother to realize that she and her father are in pain and need to process it differently than she doesThe descriptions of both Rain s home in Vermont and and in New York are very vivid Even though the move is a generally unwanted one both seem full of opportunities and their own forms of excitement It would have been nice to
have a little information about Rain s mother s working situation in both settings but the new home doesa little information about Rain s mother s
working situation in both settings but the new home does like an excellentsituation in both settings but the new home does like an excellent for both Rain and her father to be Rain s new school mates are also very interesting She is realistically portrayed as missing her best friend Izzy in Vermont but she manages to befriend the prickly Frankie whose best friend had lived in Rain s apartment and shy Amelia Her teacher Mrs Baldwin is very supportive giving her books to read and encouraging her writing Ms Dacie s is a bustling and vibrant environment filled with all manner of understanding supportive people Readers who enjoyed Benjamin s The Thing about Jellyfish Kelly s You Go First or Haydu s The Someday Suitcase will find this a sad but somewhat hopeful journey through grief This was a little upbeat than a lot of books but Stoddards Just Like Jackie has not check out at all so I am debating purchase This cover is appealing and the inclusion of running adds to its appeal Again this is not my truth Why was the father not in some serious counseling Why was the family not Clearly the parents were not getting along well and this is as much of a stressor for Rain as her imagined guilt over the death If middle grade authors really want to be helpful in their depiction of grief they would have characters sent to counseling Rain especially could use some since she covered up for her brother her parents might well feel she is somewhat responsible and her feeling of guilt is something that needs to be assessed on a professional level This book broke me multiple times Most of us have experience with grief and it can be impossible to deal with Now picture you re a id and you re in a new place and your older brother is dead and it s your fault How Rain is functioning as well as she is is an actual miracle And she s not doing particularly well but she s not catatonic She s going to her new school and she s trying and she s making friendsThis reminds me a little bit of Bridge to Terabithia in that it takes these horrible situations and shows The Princes Scandalous Wedding Vow kids the way they really are We live in a world whereids die and it s stupid and senseless but it s reality And at some point everyone is going to have to deal with grief Right as Rain shows some really healthy ways to do thatRecommended As an adult still experiencing heavy grief this story
helped Rain is a young girl a lot of ids will relate to but so is FrankieRain is a young girl a lot of ids will relate to but so is Frankie Ana and even the adults in the book Lindsey does an amazing job of telling a story one that needs to be heard She also does a great job of hitting on every single characters individuality without overdoing it Preorder now for a February release I promise you need this in your classrooms Loved this book the characters the plot the writing It wasn t an easy story to tell it wasn t an easy life for the main character Rain to live moving from rural VT to NYC and starting over with school and friendships dealing with the hurt and her sense of responsibility for her older brother s death facing the possibility that her parents might separate because parents often do after the death of a child Author Lindsay Stoddard made it all feel so true at the heart level and the gut level I read this in one sitting and found it was a successful juggling of a wide array of intense emotional situations complex characters and adolescent relationships involving so many checked topics and themes that I doubted it could succeed But it didThe story is set in motion when a grieving family leaves their sheltered privileged Vermont existence behind to live in urban NYC Not a New Yorker myself I found the setting took on character and heart than many books of that realm I suspect those who are native to the area would connect even so The central sixth grade character Rain has a voice that captures her many concerns and also hints at a degree of anxiety disprorger that predated the. RtSo when her mom suggests moving the family from Vermont to New York City Rain agrees But life in the big city is different She’s never seen so many people in one place or felt like an outsiderWith her parent.