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Waiting for the Sky to Fall (Lions) Paperback – 15 May 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New Ed edition (15 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006724388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006724384
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Far and away the most intelligently written, realistic portrayal of being 15. I read this as a teenager and years later can still read it utterly gripped. The characters are just so memorable. If you've ever felt like a misfit - or have a daughter who feels like one, give her this book. If you ever feel like your teenager is sneering at her family or telling lies - give this to her. If you ever want a reminder of how things seem from the other side - this book is for you, not just your daughter.
I have a degree in English Literature, and have read many lofty works - this book for teenagers remains one of my favourite books, and on re-reading it as an adult, it has not diminished in power. It's only competition is Izzy, Willy-Nilly - which is a book of such depth as you would never guess by the title!
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Format: Hardcover
JW writes from a teenager`s perspective so well. In some ways Katherine isn't all that likeable. She seems arrogant and is scathing towards her obese mother and childish, unsophisticated younger sister. But at the same time we can empathise. After all many of us went through times when we loathed and felt embarassed by our parents at 15. And many of us relate to worrying we aren't as cool or good looking as our peers, that we are too "different" or we are too flat chested of frizzy haired or will we ever get a boyfriend? Also Katherine had to cope with her father`s obsession with her above average intelligence and his plans for her brilliant O Level results. This book may be dated in talk of O Levels etc but the themes and feelings regarding exam pressure, first love, insecurity, bullying parents etc are as relevant and timely as ever. A brilliant book
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Format: Hardcover
I first read this when I was a teenager. I felt I could relate to the main character and her dysfunctional family. Years have passed, I am a mother now and when my daughter is a teenager I will give her my own copy of this book because on the whole, teenagers haven't really changed much. They still have the same needs, desires and insecurities, and reading this book made me realise that I was not alone.
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