37 Things I Love (Paperback)
St. Martin's Press, 9781250034304, 240pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
A powerful story about friendship, death, and figuring out who you are, from the author of How It Went Down, The Rock and the River, and X: A Novel (with Ilyasah Shabazz)
Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isn't exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years, the result of a construction accident, and her already-fragile relationship with her mother is strained over whether or not to remove him from life support. Her best friend fails even to notice that anything is wrong and Ellis feels like her world is falling apart. But when all seems bleak, Ellis finds comfort in the most unexpected places.
Life goes on, but in those four fleeting days friends are lost and found, promises are made, and Ellis realizes that nothing will ever quite be the same, in 37 Things I Love (in no particular order) by Kekla Magoon, who won the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for the Rock and the River, whose book X: A Novel (written with Ilyasah Shabazz) was longlisted for the National Book Award, and who earned the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for How it Went Down.
"Magoon (Camo Girl) gently but unflinchingly explores difficult adolescent territory in this intelligent, affecting novel. . . . T]he book traces 15-year-old Ellis's complex emotional journey as she confronts the inevitable death of her comatose father. . . . navigates volatile friendship dramas, explores her sexual identity, and struggles with her evolving relationship with her mother." -Publisher's Weekly
"This coming out story takes the reader on her journey as she deals with the family dynamics, and tries to understand her own sexual orientation." -Children's Literature
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Praise For 37 Things I Love…
Praise for 37 Things I Love (in no particular order):"Honest and relatable." —BCCB"Magoon gently but unflinchingly explores difficult adolescent territory in this intelligent, affecting novel." —Publishers Weekly"Coming of age, death, hope, love—and Ellis is a character to care about and cheer on for a long, long time." —The Horn Book "[A] powerful outing from a rising star." —Kirkus Reviews Praise for The Rock and the River: Winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent A Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth "Convincingly detailed [and] shows movingly how the two sons of a civil rights leader come to bear the cost of the struggle." —The New York Times * "[A] taut, eloquent first novel." —Booklist, starred review "Compelling . . . a perspective that is rarely explored." —Kirkus Reviews "The characters are well drawn and the complexities of the relationships . . . are moving." —School Library Journal Praise for Camo Girl: "Magoon writes with insight, wit, and compassion. Characters are appealing; action is well paced; and adolescent angst is palpable." —School Library Journal "A sensitive, quietly powerful look at discovering inner strength, coping, and thriving—or not—in the face of tragedy." —Booklist