And TURTLE IN PARADISE in this way All the streets are one Way So We Drive so we drive 151st and back
Up 152nd And We Have 152nd and we have double ark the van because cars are sueezed all the way down both sides of the street with just inches between them You wouldn t even The Wedding Redux plant seeds in a vegetable garden that close That s why there were seven years and one month between Guthrie and me Dad says to have to give things space to grow Thisassage tells us so much about Rain s observations in NYC her relationship with Guthrie and
Her Father S Way Of Looking At father s way of looking at 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 Rolling Thunder plant stake driving against rocky soil I already stick out like a cucumberlant trying to survive in a Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? potatoatch I can t get my dad out of his room and being in apartment number thirty one makes me feel like an overwatered lant whose soil has no air ockets 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 acked 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 kids blurt out they socialize they chant and cheer they show anger they make fun of each other as kids do but they learn lessons and come together too The activities they do felt like thoughtful rojects 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 kids I know that have read JUST LIKE JACKIE have loved it fiercely I have no doubt that RIGHT AS RAIN will have a similar impact on kids 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 keep her big secret close to her heart But even she knows that when you bury things deep they grow up twice as tall.
Read Right as RainThere is a lot to like here I
especially loved the descriptions of rain s newloved the descriptions of Rain s New Neighborhood and its impending gentrification I do find this author fairly redictable but not in an intrusive way Loved this book the characters the The Art of Mary Beth Edelson 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 theossibility that her arents might separate because arents 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 This book broke me multiple times Most of us have experience with grief and it can be impossible to deal with Now Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain picture you re a kid and you re in a newlace 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 articularly 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 Bita little bit Bridge to Terabithia in that it takes these horrible situations and shows kids the way they really are We live in a world where kids die and it s stupid and senseless but it s reality And at some oint everyone is going to have to deal with grief Right as Rain shows some really healthy ways to do thatRecommended Rain is ending the school year in a new None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) 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 he. It’s been almost a year since Rain’s brother Guthrie died and herarents still don’t know 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. R 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 Iforged feel realistic There is subtlety in the themes of the book and I found that refreshing I say up front that Lindsey Stoddard s sopho novel RIGHT AS RAIN did not hit me with the same ersonal emotional Killer Games 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 know 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 aerfect 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 bigGuthrie In fact every character in the story is burying something As a big 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 a mystery surrounding Robinson s mother s name In RIGHT AS RAIN we have Rain track gardening arents grieving the loss of a child and a mystery surrounding Rain s secret I don t oint 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 erfect 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. 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 eople in one Cocksure place or felt like an outsiderWith herarent.