Vidya's only refuge becomes her grandfather's upstairs library, which is forbidden to women. There she meets Raman, a young man also living in the house who relishes her intellectual curiosity. But when Vidya's brother makes a choice the family cannot condone, and when Raman seems to want more than friendship, Vidkya must question all she has believed in.
Padma Venkatraman's debut novel poignantly shows a girl struggling to find her place in a mixedup world. Climbing the Stairs is a powerful story about love and loss set against a fascinating historical backdrop.
-Thank you so, so much Sheila from One Person's Journey Through Books (I actually remember reading about her blog at Bookworming in the 21st Century where she was a Spotlighted blogger). Climbing the Stairs has been one my wishlist for such a long time and I'm super excited to read it :) And I LOVE chocolate <3
Jeremiah is fifteen and black and Ellie who is fifteen and white. They meet at a private school and fall in love and then have to deal with how society treats them because they’re an interracial couple.
If you come softly
as the wind within the trees
you may hear what I hear
see what sorrow sees
-from Color Online. Thanks so much susan! And now for a rant against Amazon: in searching for the product description to post, I came across and commenced to reading it. Before I realized it, the ending had been spoiled!!!! I now know what happens and I'm really, really upset. Gosh darn Amazon and their spoiler descriptions (which is actually very rare). I'm trying to erase it out of my mind so I can read and fully enjoy If You Come Softly.
Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
The Throwaway Piece by Jo Ann Hernandez
Jewel is shuttled from one foster home to another. But Jewel wasn’t always a "State Kid." Her mother Angela’s constant search for happiness through a steady stream of unsavory boyfriends leads to the state’s intervention in Jewel’s life.
Listening to her new foster mother’s list of "nos"—no drugs, no lying, no stealing, no skipping school, no boys in or out of the house, no being late—Jewel realizes that her mother said "yes" a lot. Probably too much. She remembers saving Angela’s life when one of many boyfriends beat her, trying to hide another boyfriend's attempts to rape her when she was fourteen, and being sent to a foster home to please the latest boyfriend. But still, Jewel worries about her mother and knows that she will once again pick up the pieces when the latest jerk leaves.
Bit by bit Jewel’s life begins to change for the better after her latest move to a new foster home and school. Although most people can’t see past her tough "State Kid" façade—spray-painted hair, heavy make-up, ripped clothing and unlaced shoes—her English teacher realizes there’s more to her then meets the eye. He convinces Jewel to tutor a fellow student who needs help with math, and gradually she learns how to make friends. In the process, she touches the lives of many people around her, including her social worker, teachers who believe in her, her new-found, tentative friends, and even their parents.
But when she’s forced to choose between her life-long job—taking care of her mother"—and doing what’s right for herself, old habits and loyalties are hard to break. Jewel is sure that this time, she can save her mom. But will she be able to save herself?
-From Jo Ann, thank you! An off-color review.