Michael, Wait for Me
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Titel: Michael, Wait for Me
Auflage: 1st Edition
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Sarah is furious. Her sister, Kimberlee is coming home from college for the summer and bringing her boyfriend, Michael. And without anyone even asking Sarah how she feels, it has been decided that Michael will be given her room for the summer, and Sarah wilt have to sleep on a cot in Kimberlee's room. Did anyone take into consideration Sarah's plans for the summer? For example, what about sleepovers with her friends?
So Sarah makes up her mind not to be the least bit friendly to this "turkey," She vows to do whatever it takes to drive him away. But when Michael arrives, the family takes to him quickly. He and Kim are so in love, they are discussing marriage after graduation. Sarah's parents find a lot to admire in the polite, serious young man. And Sarah's little brother, Joey, idolizes him from the start.
Sarah does her best to dislike Michael, but finds herself coming around, especially after she learns of the tragic secret Michael harbors in his heart. Then she watches in dismay as Kim discovers that falling out of love can be as easy as falling into it.
Patricia Calvert has written a powerful novel that examines the many forms that love can take, and the sometimes tragic consequences that are ultimately no one's fault.From Publishers Weekly:
Calvert's (Glennis, Before and After) story narrated by an intelligent, funny sixth-grader, who first rejects then accepts her older sister's boyfriend, starts out strong then loses steam. Sarah Connelly thinks that her summer is ruined when her sister, Kimberlee, brings yet another boyfriend home from college for an extended visit. However, the first time Sarah lays eyes on Michael Miller ("I had the feeling he was a person nobody ever called Mike"), she knows he is different from Kimberlee's former admirers. The author hints at Michael's secret ("There was a peculiar sad shadow behind the blueness" of his eyes) before revealing that Michael accidentally shot his older brother. She convincingly relates Sarah's resentment for being forced to give up her room to a stranger and the ways in which he disrupts her family's routine. Yet Michael's mix of mysterious and needful qualities prompt Sarah to reach out toward him, much like the shy dog, Bingo, her family is attempting to train as a show dog. Just when Sarah begins to think of Michael as "being folded into the Connelly family forever," Kimberlee has a change of heart. Things then unravel too quickly. Although Calvert painstakingly characterizes the relationship between Sarah and Michael, she neglects to develop much of a bond between Sarah and her sister, so that Kimberlee's about-face goes uncharacteristically undetected by the otherwise sharp-eyed Sarah. A disappointingly rushed ending to a promising premise. Ages 10-14.
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