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All Alone in the Universe Kindle Edition
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But the book is an amazing little gem, both funny and sad and full of casual profound moments that the narrator comes upon in really natural ways. The prose is sharp and funny and nicely complemented by the author's hilarious pictures.
The best compliment I can pay to the work is to say that I wish I'd read this book when *I* was thirteen and coping with the painful fact that my best friend and I had grown apart. It would have made a world of difference to me. A great book. Enough said.
The basic story line isn't much. Debbie and Maureen have been best friends since third grade, and now Maureen is moving on, leaving Debbie behind - and alone. Debbie records this with a great deal of insight and wisdom, and almost painful honesty. She also throws in nifty illustrations and a lot of small vignettes, some of which are very funny, all of which demonstrate the way people, sometimes strangers, can change your life.
Debbie is helped through her crisis by lots of unexpected people - a gardener and his employer, her English teacher, a girl her own age even more outcast than herself - and learns that some small acts of kindness can have an effect out of proportion to the effort required to make them. The message is twofold: you can live through change and loss. And we can all help others sometimes - and we all need help sometimes.
This is a small book with surprising depth. Buy it for the middle-schooler in your life, but be sure to read it for yourself, too.
This book may just make the breaking up of a friendship easier to bear. It's so good, I plan to read it to my summer school class.
Lynne Rae Perkins set the stage for a novel perfectly. Her main character Debbie is likable and the narrative is well done. But this book never takes off. The main problem in the plot is Debbie's friends Maureen growing closer to another girl and leaving Debbie, but it isn't handled like a disaster. The reader feels detatched from Debbie's reactions- and the reactions themselves seem vague and fuzzy, as if everything's occuring to Debbie too late.
All Alone In The Universe reads like a series of short stories divided into chapters. I read it in one afternoon and did like it, but there's no satisfaction in reading it. Subplots like Marie and Bobby's situations and Debbie's mother's picking up the hitchhiker are opened up but then trickle away into nothing as if the author forgot about them. It doesn't read like a novel should, completely lacking in some sort of climax. Yet I liked it, and it still managed to be gripping. Debbie's musings at the beginning of the book seemed annoying- but in the end that's what the entire novel is about how she views the world and what she discovers. Any fan of action or adventure will want to veer far away from this one, but it's perfect for those that like to read about real life and how people see it.
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