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Not like you, Deborah Davis

Label
Not like you
Title
Not like you
Statement of responsibility
Deborah Davis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When she and her mother move once again in order to make a new start, fifteen-year-old Kayla is hopeful that her mother will be able to stop drinking and begin a better life, as she has been promising for years
Review
  • Gr. 10-12 As Davis' latest novel opens, 15-year-old Kayla is daydreaming through consensual but emotionless sex with a forgettable guy. When she returns home to find her alcoholic mother, Marilyn, packing for yet another out-of-state move, though, Kayla is angry to be uprooted once again, and she's even sorry to say goodbye to her latest guy. Settling in a rundown trailer in New Mexico, Kayla finally begins to develop real friendships through her dog-training business, while Marilyn makes New Agey sober choices. Remy, a 24-year-old musician and owner of one of Kayla's dog charges, pursues Kalya passionately but stops short of a sexual relationship. Then Remy moves to Denver for his band, and Marilyn slides into an alcoholic stupor, leaving Kayla desperate for stability and comfort. She steals money from friends and runs to Remy in Denver, but finds that reality is a harsh pill to swallow. Written in Kayla's believable voice, Davis' moving, gritty novel builds to a hopeful, realistic close: Kayla and Marilyn both face the consequences of their choices but choose to stick together, working out their issues rather than escaping from them. -- Booth, Heather (Reviewed 07-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 21, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7 Up— Kayla's mother has made the 15 years of her daughter's life unpredictable, from moving for "fresh starts" to drunken binges, no money, loser boyfriends, and a year in foster care. Kayla is tired of being the adult and of letting a guy use her for sex just to feel loved. When Marilyn moves them to New Mexico and seems genuinely to want to stay sober, Kay is skeptical, but she begins to make a life for herself by walking dogs and making friends, especially with a 24-year-old musician. Thoughtful, touching, and honest, this story hits all the right notes. Kayla is a character full of flaws and hopes. Despite having grown up fast, she is still a teenager: moody and angry because of a mother who chooses alcohol over her daughter. Marilyn is fully dimensional, with her own failures, small triumphs, and desperation. Their relationship is truthfully portrayed with its complications of love, hate, and disappointment. Kayla's realization that she is repeating her mother's mistakes is as much an epiphany for readers as it is for her. Davis uses the desert setting as another way for readers to gain insight into the characters. When Kayla begins to understand her mother and love herself, instead of a stark landscape she sees nuanced color and calming beauty. Similar to Sarah Dessen's This Lullaby (2002) and The Truth about Forever (2004, both Viking), this novel is full of loneliness and yearning. It's a book to learn from and remember.—Anne Rouyer, New York Public Library --Anne Rouyer (Reviewed September 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 9, p194)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
257963
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davis, Deborah
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
740
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.D28586
LC item number
No 2007
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Alcoholism
  • Single parent families
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Not like you, Deborah Davis
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
268 p.
Isbn
9780618720934
Lccn
2006021867
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780618720934
  • (OCoLC)71266341
Label
Not like you, Deborah Davis
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
268 p.
Isbn
9780618720934
Lccn
2006021867
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780618720934
  • (OCoLC)71266341

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