Quirky, uplifting, and written in a spare prose, this hopeful and humorous debut explores the connections made in life, the resilience of the human spirit, and the absurdities that keep life interesting.
I like this book. I dunno why, maybe it's because all my friends tell me I like to read all the most depressing books (Cut, Stay With Me, Can't Get There From Here...the list goes on), but I really really like this book...
This message has been edited by chapteraday on Nov 17, 2006 7:58 AM
I bet you’d like Kathe Koja’s books, and Dana Reinhardt’s “a brief chapter in my impossible life” is definitely sad and absolutely fantastic. I nominated Dana’s book for a 2006 “CYBIL Award” (Children’s & YA Bloggers Literary Award). If you have a favorite title from 2006, be sure to nominate it for the first annual CYBILS award. Nominations are being accepted through November 20. There’s more info about the awards here: http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils/
Just read the fourth installment. I am liking Dulcie's character and how she is responding. Dulcie is an unusual name. I wonder how the author thought of it. When I was 16, I never wanted to even think of death of a loved one but now I know that one has to face facts and life. I wish Dulcie all the best.
I also found that the book is available as an Audio Cassette narrated by Jennifer Ikeda. Just wanted to let you know.
This message has been edited by chapteraday on Nov 16, 2006 12:06 PM
I wanted my main character to be strong and tough but also sweet. Dulcie means “sweet.” I’ve never heard the word used as a name, but I think it could (and should) be. In any case, labeling Dulcie in that way prevented me from turning her into a tomboy (I hope).
I’m really looking forward to hearing Jenny Ikeda on the audiobook. She does a great job on the audio version of Linda Sue Park’s “When my name was Keoko.”
I’m glad you’re enjoying Dulcie!
This message has been edited by chapteraday on Nov 17, 2006 7:57 AM
Hi all. I hope you’ve enjoyed Defining Dulcie so far. If you’re trying to decide whether or not you want to spend time with the whole novel, I’ll tell you that my favorite authors include Kathe Koja, Kate DiCamillo, Sarah Dessen, Joan Bauer, Deb Caletti, Laurie Halse Anderson, and I’m really enjoying John Green’s new novel, An Abundance of Katherines, right now. If those are writers and books you enjoy, you might like Defining Dulcie too. If you have any questions for me, feel free to post them here. You can also find me at my LiveJournal (http://acampora.livejournal.com/) or at my website (www.paulacampora.com). Best wishes!