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Can't Hear You Listening

Irwin, Hadley

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ISBN 10: 0689505132 / ISBN 13: 9780689505133
Published by Margaret K. McElderry New York 1990, 1990
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First Edition Hardbound Fair/Fair., DJ 8vo, 202, Library discard with all the usual. Both front and back endpaper have been removed. DJ is mylar covered, but is pasted to inside covers. Reading copy at best. ISBN:0-689-50513-2. Bookseller Inventory # 023831

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Title: Can't Hear You Listening

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry New York 1990

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Chronicles the changing relationship between Tracy and her overprotective, famous-author mother, and Tracy's struggle to help a close friend who's experimenting with drugs.

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A book that seems, at first, to focus on mother/daughter issues. Tracy and her mother don't get along, and the problem is compounded by the fact that her mother is writing a book on daughters. Slowly readers perceive that there is another issue forcing its way to the fore--the drug and alcohol abuse by Stanley, a lifelong friend. As Tracy watches Stanley become increasingly caught up in his addictions, her inability to talk honestly with her mother or any other adult becomes critical. Only when Tracy establishes a rapport with a retired professor does she begin to recognize that viable relationships with the adults in her life are valuable. Irwin shows the mores that govern adult social interaction and the natural adolescent struggle for independence. More difficult to depict is the bridging of that gap. Certainly Tracy is hard pressed to stop Stanley's self-destruction, yet it is hard to believe that she can suddenly communicate with and confide in her mother. The fact that the parents are less than perfect is realistically portrayed. Most of the characters seem vague and peripheral, and much of the plot seems tenuous, but surely kids who read this will recognize the situation of knowing someone who is involved in a self-destructive pattern. The novel's message is loud and clear, but Irwin has provided a vehicle for discussion and a forum for getting help. --Carol A. Edwards, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
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