"Shattered Dreams" She has big talent to go with her dreams, but in a moment of recklessness, Amber Novak's life is changed forever. Suddenly, her life as a singer with a newly formed rock band seems impossible. A date with hunky Eric Moore ended in a car crash, and Amber will never walk again. Amber only remembers her rage at Eric, her feelings of helplessness and despair. But when she begins rehab at Hamilton Hospital, she meets others who understand her pain. Instead of dates and rehearsals, she's talking to other kids with real problems, discussing overprotective parents and worrying about going home... But nothing can prepare her for reality. At school there's no place for a student in a wheelchair. Her friends don't know how to treat her. She can't seem to let Eric prove he cares. Her dreams have never seemed farther away. How can she find the courage to rebuild her life and dare to dream again?
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Grades 7-10--Amber Novak has a crush on high school football star Eric Moore. When he asks her out, the teen has no idea that her life will be changed forever. On the way to a party, Eric begins to drive recklessly and loses control of the vehicle, crashing into a tree. Amber is thrown from the car and her spinal cord is severed, leaving her unable to walk. What follows is the story of her rehabilitation and coming to terms with her paralysis. She must deal with her anger toward Eric, with the way her friends treat her, and with returning to school. By the end of the novel, Amber has forgiven Eric and assumed some of the responsibility for not fastening her seat belt. A battle with the high school over accessibility issues doesn't seem realistic, but readers of Lurlene McDaniel's books will like this view of a teenager's fight to rebuild her life. For books about the same subject with more substance, try Cynthia Voigt's Izzy, Willy-Nilly (Atheneum, 1986) or Wendy Orr's Peeling the Onion (Holiday, 1997).
Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Simon Pulse, 2002. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11074340033X
Book Description Simon Pulse, 2002. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX074340033X