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Things Left Unsaid by Stephanie Hemphill

June 17th, 2006 (10:13 pm)
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Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: The Dead Zone theme song

Told in first-person poetry, Things Left Unsaid chronicles a school year in the life of Sarah, who is suddenly feeling itchy in her own skin. She finds herself being critical with her own friends and family members, and although they are there for her, she needs something else. Just what that something is, she doesn't know, not yet.

The book jacket makes the story sound as though it is the typical "bad friend" tale - a good girl falls under the influence of her new friend - but it is more than that. It is Sarah's search for herself, not just for a new friend or for attention. After befriending the bold and seemingly unafraid Robin, Sarah retains her old friends. She tries to figure out what is important to her, not to others, and she never does things simply to fit in. She learns from her own missteps as well as those of others and emerges a little older, a little wiser, a little sadder, a little happier.

Kudos are due to the writer and the character she created. Sarah's voice sounds authentic, and that made the story all the more enjoyable. Though I prefer prose when forced to choose, I love poetry and I enjoy poetry novels, and even I forgot that I was reading poetry - that's how real her voice is, how engrossed I became in the story. This story impressed me. You should read it, especially if you like Sonya Sones or Alison McGhee.

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Posted by: frootjoos (frootjoos)
Posted at: June 25th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)

we had a Dead Zone knitting party last night at my house--it was lots of fun!! I wish I'd remembered to take pictures...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 25th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)

No way. That is fantastic! I want details!

Posted by: frootjoos (frootjoos)
Posted at: June 25th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)

It was supposed to be Touching Evil night (the british one with Robson Green, which was way better than the USA Network remake) but of course I knew that the first movie would always be talked over since we usually chat about knitting and life and do show-and-tell of current projects. So someone had offhandedly suggested that we have an Anthony Michael hall night and I thought, why not? Dead Zone is actually along the same lines, average guy turns psychic-detective because of near death experience. And it went over Great. The girl who suggested Dead Zone was super excited since no one had actually replied to her suggestion, and she was thrilled that AMH went over so well with everyone (not so much the lady who plays Sarah, or any of the other women we saw in the first 3 episodes, but we do have a tendency to be catty towards female celebrities while knitting)... anyway, we had excellent food and despite the occasional unknitting that had to occur due to inattention brought on by beer and/or talking and knitting at the same time, great fun was had by all.

Speaking of knitting, I will be hosting a knitting group at Borders Glendale, date to be decided (but probably a weeknight in the third week of each month) early evening, starting in July. More details when I get them.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 25th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)

Sounds like you had a great time! Sarah will grow on you all, I hope. :) Let me know about the group meeting.

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