The Resource And we stay, Jenny Hubbard

And we stay, Jenny Hubbard

Label
And we stay
Title
And we stay
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Jenny Hubbard
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eng
Summary
Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal
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Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2015.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 9-12 Like Paper Covers Rock (2011), Hubbard’s sophomore novel has a boarding-school setting and a main character who writes poetry and draws inspiration from a famous writer. And also like Paper Covers Rock, this novel is accomplished, polished, and mixes prose and poetry to stunning effect. After Emily Beam discovers that she is pregnant and breaks up with her boyfriend, he walks into the school library, threatens Emily, and then shoots himself. After an abortion, Emily is sent away to the Amherst School for Girls, in Amherst, Massachusetts, which is located in the hometown of Emily’s idol, Emily Dickinson. The spirit of Dickinson is everywhere—even her voice echoes in Emily’s head—and as Emily immerses herself in Dickinson’s 1,775 poems, she writes her anguish into poems of her own, which flood her brain constantly. Emily’s path to healing involves moving back and forth in time, to memories of Paul, and sharing her poems with empathetic roommate, K. T. The third-person, present-tense voice is compelling. Sounding almost like stage directions (“Emily Beam is sighing all the time”), Hubbard’s narrative tone will only make readers want to lean in closer. The poems themselves are insightful and poignant, illuminating the dark corners of Emily’s psyche. And though Emily may be damaged and the winter of 1994 is long, happier times—and spring—seem on the horizon. -- Kelley, Ann (Reviewed 11-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 110, number 6, p39)
  • Seventeen-year-old Emily Beam transfers to the Amherst School for Girls in the middle of her junior year carrying two secrets: her boyfriend Paul committed suicide after she broke up with him, and their breakup was motivated by her pregnancy and her parents’ pressure on her to have an abortion. Grieving and guilty, Emily discovers writing poetry to express her feelings, and Hubbard forms the novel with the same blend of prose and verse she used in her critically acclaimed debut, Paper Covers Rock. Less successfully, Hubbard forces a connection between Emily and Amherst’s most famous poet, Emily Dickinson, that never quite lives up to the younger Emily’s claim that “ brain has been hijacked,” despite her composing some charming Dickinson-style poetry. Hubbard’s writing is elegant and emotional in both styles, and the revelation of Emily’s history carries the first half of the book, though the plot falters when there is little of the past left to discover. Mature readers who enjoy a bit of melancholy and might spark to Dickinson will be in good company on Emily’s journey. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jonathan Lyons, Lyons Literary. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 21, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 42, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A strong, gentle, smart and powerful book about suicide's aftermath. Emily Beam is no goody-goody. She breaks the rules of the Amherst School for Girls--a boarding school in Massachusetts where her parents have placed her after her boyfriend Paul's suicide and her abortion--when she feels she needs to. But the rules are broken in the service of her agency. Emily is driven to write out her grief and horror (Paul shot himself in front of her in her former school's library) in private poems she models after her inspiration, Emily Dickinson (another one-time Amherst resident). Teasing out strands of the past and the present, Hubbard masterfully twines together a story of one girl's journey to self-identity. In past-tense flashbacks, readers learn the circumstances of Emily and Paul's relationship, while the poems Emily writes in her present-day environment infuse those same circumstances with newly realized perceptions. The narrative switches to present tense when it relates Emily's current life in boarding school, a fresh and unexplored world with emerging possibilities as well as potential pitfalls. The layered story evolves naturally as Emily's creative courage first unravels and then reassembles her understanding of what has happened to her and what part she has played. As graceful as a feather drifting down, this lyrical story delivers a deep journey of healing on a tragic theme. (Fiction. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10275873
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hubbard, Jenny
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boarding schools
  • Suicide
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Grief
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Poetry
  • Young adult fiction
  • Amherst (Mass.)
Target audience
adolescent
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And we stay, Jenny Hubbard
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rdacarrier.
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  • rdacontent.
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
224 pages
Isbn
9780385740579
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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(Sirsi) i9780385740579
Label
And we stay, Jenny Hubbard
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
224 pages
Isbn
9780385740579
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780385740579

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