Saturday, January 29, 2011
Karen read this one too after Gerard finished it and didn't like it near as much as Gerard:
Up From The Blue by Susan Henderson is just a very sad book about a family who is really unconnected with each other. The girl is 8, the boy is 12 and neither really feels loved. The dad is a military man who is at his wits end when it comes to helping his wife. She is depressed all the time and he just hides it from everyone, telling the kids not to talk about her. It‘s a story of putting on an act and hiding true feelings. I felt bad for each one in the family. It reminded me of The Glass Castle except that was non-fiction. Told from the little girl’s point of view, the reader doesn’t get the full story until the girl does. Although it is an interesting read, I didn’t care for it because it was just so depressing--no one in the family felt good enough.
Have you read this one? What did you think of it?