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Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher tells the similar story of a teenage boy named Dillon who also loses his older brother to suicide. Dillon escapes his pain through triathalons, an extreme contrast to Judy's music writing and playing. Crutcher tends to write novels centered around sports because more young people can relate to sports analagies than they can to introspecitve song lyrics. For me, it was nice to read a young adult novel with a storyline that I could relate to rather than merely understand.
"You can give her all your money, till you're totally broke./ You can christen her with diamonds, You can sprinkle her with coke./ But you'll never have her and you'll never know her/ 'cause she's the girl, she's the girl inside the girl."(Pg. 36) Judy "wrote" this song,"The Girl Inside the Girl". Many other full song lyrics are included throughout the book so that one can truly hear the sounds of a Wedding Night concert as well as visualize it. One even begins to understand the rock and roll lifestlye through a teenager's eyes. Once seen from behind closed doors, a rock star's life loses it's luster and glamourous image. Yet, the passion never dies for the music, not for Judy Valentine.
This book was written for "young adults", so it might be a little below an older teen's reading level. However, the storyline is just so unique, I would still recommend it to any music lover.
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Lily and her father goes shopping to buy her new ballet shoes, clothing, etc. But Lily isn't too sure that she wants to start dancing. But her dad insists by saying, "If parents didn't push their children into things, their children might not do anything." So lily decides to buy her new dancing set of clothes. So this is how Lily started dancing.
What I like about this book is that this story explains the childhood of my sister and me. We always used to not talk to each other, but one day, a day came when my sister had to begin one of my hobbies. Then she had to come along with me, and I felt embarrassed. But one day, my sister and I just became a team against another girl who was my worst enemy. In a part of a story, it says, "My dear little sister who's going to help me win." They became better sisters, and so did we.
My favorite part of the story is when Lily tries to intimidate Meredith Meredith. Lily succeeds by making her think that she could win no matter what, even after she doesn't practice. But how can someone succeed by making him or her think they could win? Lily made her intimidate herself and just ignore her real self. Smart, don't you think?
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