April Young Fritz Waiting to Disappear

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Waiting to Disappear

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Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Mullens, better known as Buddy, should be having a wonderful summer. Everybody in her small Southern town is getting ready for the Fourth of July, and she's about to start high school. But little by little, Buddy's mom is slipping into her own dark world, and that summer she finally has a breakdown. She has to be taken to Moodus Meadows, a place for people with emotional problems. How could her mother just leave her? Buddy still has her dad and even likes the idea of her glamorous Aunt Sherry staying with them, but she wants her mom back. And one way or another she's going to make it happen. H "Events unfold believably and hopefully in this moving story about family, mental illness, and coming of age. . . ."-Booklist (starred review)

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Grade 6-9-In the summer before she begins high school, Buddy Mullens's life takes another turn for the worse. Two years earlier, her beloved older brother, Booth, perished in a car crash. Now her mother has had a nervous breakdown and has hospitalized herself, and the 13-year-old worries that her friends will ostracize her because of her mother's illness and wonders if it is contagious and/or hereditary. Set during the 1950s in a small town, the story follows Buddy as she struggles to keep her family together and racks her brain for ways to help make her mother well and bring her home. Her Aunt Sherry, barely out of her teens, serves as a breath of fresh air in the girl's life. In addition to her family problems, Buddy faces changes in her relations with her friends, boy-crazy Ginger and Verna, who must care for her younger siblings because her mother has polio. Buddy is a character who will linger in readers' minds. Her growth during the course of the novel is believable and the lessons that she learns about family and friends and being true to oneself are timeless. Fritz has crafted a novel that is reminiscent of the work of Kimberly Willis Holt and Betsy Byars.
Linda B. Zeilstra, Skokie Public Library, IL
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Set in the small Southern town of Moodus in 1960, first novelist Fritz's tender but scattered story centers on Buddy, who, on the brink of high school, watches her mother suffer a nervous breakdown and check herself into a hospital. Her mother had always had "spells," but since the death of Buddy's brother two years ago, "she was disappearing from the inside out like a thousand-year-old egg." Narrator Buddy's strong voice make her emotions easy to relate to: she's mad at her mother, but desperately wants her to come home, and she's afraid to tell her stylish best friend, Ginger ("I wasn't prepared to lose my friend. I feared she'd think Mama was crazy and look for signs of it in me"). Some of the plotting, such as the mother's all-patient production of Oklahoma! or Buddy's chance encounter with a boy she has a crush on, seem wedged into the plot, and a few of the conflicts wrap up suddenly (like Ginger's acceptance of Buddy's poor friend). But Buddy's winning personality and her imperfect circle of support, including her wild aunt Sherry and her pharmacist father, add warmth to this story of a teen who must learn to cope with her mother's illness and, ultimately, herself. Ages 12-up.
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