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Look the World in the Eye (Ulverscroft Large Print) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 May 2006

4.4 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large type edition edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846172934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846172939
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,158,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...written with so much warmth that you can't help but read, read, read until it's all over' -- Irish News, Belfast

'A witty and moving account of sibling rivalry' -- Red

'One of this inspiring, warm-hearted novel's great strengths is its honesty' -- Glamour

'a touching novel with understanding and humour' -- Waterstones Books Quarterly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An honest, intelligent, funny and feelgood first novel about sibling rivalry, family relationships and discovering what love really means --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Kindle Edition
The cover may suggest an easy girly book, but this is so much more, and has a depth to it that isn't immediately obvious.

It is written in a beautiful, descriptive style with wonderful, endearing characters, Bells is definitely not a stereotype disabled person and is inspiring because of it. As with any of Alice's books, the style is as if you are being brought into the story, like a fly on the wall. Combined with an entrancing plot, a great depth of character development and you've got a really great piece of literature - I really really enjoyed this book.
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By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
It's rare that you find a book that delivers humour, drama, tension and emotion in equal measure - I simply could not put this book down and read it from cover to cover in a single go. A very refreshing look at family relationships and how important they are; at disability and how, sadly, our society still discriminates; at love and how it can shine in the most unexpected places. Your heart goes out to the heroine, Katie; at her hurt and confusion as her parents try to cope with her younger, disabled sister Bells. She relishes her independence, successful career and seemingly perfect boyfriend, but having Bells to stay turns her world upside down. As she rediscovers her love for her sister, she re-evaluates her life and what really matters.
In a sea of clichéd, run-of-the-mill books about modern relationships, this really cuts through with a completely different perspective. I haven't read any of Alice Peterson's other books, but I will search them out and look forward to hearing more of this exciting author.
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A story of how having a sister who's different, can rule you life, depending how you deal with it. Katie doesn't cope well and has a lot of thinking and realization to do when her sister comes to stay. But also in the story is family and relationships. Alice Peterson touches many subjects that are hard to deal with, but she does it brilliantly. Each character is so realistic, there is probably a family like it in your town. I enjoyed this book and felt privileged to get to know Katie and Bell.
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By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
I loved this book!
The book stars two sisters - Katie and Bells. Bells wasn't born "perfect" and the story charts how their relationship changes when Katie is asked to have Bells to stay.
The characterisation of Bells, who was born with a disability, is done beautifully. Bells is no disabled character cliché thrown into the story to make the other characters look good (in their handling of her). She is the book's star. Alice Peterson has drawn a complex and real character in Bells, whose disability does not define her personality.

At the outset of the book, the "perfect" sister Katie appears to, rather annoyingly, have it all but this is not the case. Having never come to terms with her sister's disability and having been jealous of the time her parents have spent with Bells, the story develops as Katie's relationship with her sister deepens and she begins to learn what's really important in life.

There's lots more going on too. The dialogue is excellent and there are some very funny moments that I could relate to. The character Sam (Katie's flash boyfriend) is a real hoot, who I ended up liking enormously despite first impressions.

This book took me by surprise. It has a depth to it that isn't immediately obvious when you look at the cover or its genre. I wish more books were like this.
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Letters From My Sister is an enjoyable book of family dynamics, and soul searching, especially for Katie. Katie generally denies that her sister even exists, so when she is forced to have Bells, spend a fortnight with her, in Sam's (her boyfriend) apartment, Katie panics.

Katie had never mentioned her sister to Sam, and even once she knows Bells is going to visit, she has trouble expressing exactly why she is worried. For you see Bells is a wonderful person, but she was born with a cleft palate and a small amount of brain damage.

Katie isn't exactly ashamed of her sister, but it soon becomes apparent how little she knows of her younger sisters life. However it is clear though that during Bell's visit, that Katie needs to do some growing up of her own, and their relationship changes.

Bells is the best character in this book, she brightens up any scene she is in, and is far more complex than she may appear on the surface. Her personality shines through even when the family has problems.

Katie has always had a fractured relationship with her family, until the incident that changes the family dynamic, and how they see each other. We have occasional flashback chapters to Katie's childhood, and they do make us more sympathetic to what it must have been like for her growing up.

I loved this book, and found it touched on a subject that doesn't come up that often in the books I read, and it was fascinating to read. As always Alice Peterson writes an emotive and interesting story that was gentle to read, and one that kept me thinking about it even, when I had to put it down (due to life getting in the way of reading).
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By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
Damned good stuff, a very touching story. Brilliantly written, this book was hard to put down, and I highly recommend this book to anyone. Jamie
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