Life

Life

An Exploded Diagram

eBook - 2011
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Can love survive a lifetime? When working-class Clem Ackroyd falls for Frankie Mortimer, the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy local landowner, he has no hope that it can. After all, the world teeters on the brink of war, and bombs could rain down any minute over the bleak English countryside—just as they did seventeen years ago as his mother, pregnant with him, tended her garden. This time, Clem may not survive. Told in cinematic style by acclaimed writer Mal Peet, this brilliant coming-of-age novel is a gripping family portrait that interweaves the stories of three generations and the terrifying crises that define them. With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, and winning young narrator, Mal Peet's latest is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.
Publisher: Somerville : Candlewick, 2011
ISBN: 9780763656317

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laurakgrimm
Jul 07, 2012

I wouldn't say that this was a fantastic book, because it sometimes got somewhat sad and depressing. But, it had enough of a plot and the interesting view and facts on the Cuban Missile crisis made it worth reading.

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sharon711
Jan 30, 2012

Although this would be a wonderful book for baby boomers to discuss in a book club setting, I'm not sure I see a lot of appeal for young adults or teen readers. It's all way too real to be a fun read. Who wants to read about the everyday drudgery of life? But Mal Peet is dead on when he contrasts the banal with the big historical events and characters that play in the background of our lives. Peet's interpretation of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the JFK years was an eye opener for me. And although this pivotal event had no direct effect on the teenage lovers across the ocean in England, it's fascinating to see how its collateral damage impacted them. You start to understand that no-one lives in a vacuum. We are all affected to varying degrees by the times in which we live. I'm not sorry I read this book, even though it didn't grab me as hard as other stories I've read recently... like Annabel. It could be because the story is told from the guy's perspective and I found it hard to relate. Although I'm sure Clem loved his girlfriend every bit as hard as his girlfriend loved him back, it's clear boys behave differently than girls on nearly every emotional level.

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Sexual Content: Two of the characters get deeply sexual

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