Summary ↠ Right as Rain 109

Characters Right as Rain

Summary ↠ Right as Rain 109 ´ It’s been almost a year since Rain’s brother Guthrie died and her parents still don’t know it was all Rain’s fault In fact no one does—Rain buried her secret deep no matter how heavy it weighs on her heartSo when her mom suggests moving the family from Vermont to New York City Rain agrees But life in the big citS fighting than ever and the anniversary of Guthrie’s death approaching Rain is determined to keep her big secret close to her heart But even she knows that when you bury things deep they grow up twice as tall. ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralRain's family has experienced a tragedy her older brother was killed in a car accident The mother thinks that the answer to their protracted grief is moving from a farm in Vermont to New York City where she has taken a job in a big hospital Rain's stay at home father seems to be a motivating factor behind the move because he has been having trouble even getting out of bed in the morning Moving to the city doesn't seem like the best idea for him since his primary activity in Vermont was gardening Rain's not happy having to transition to a new school and also feels that her brother's death is her fault but she manages to make friends keep up with her running and complete the volunteer hours her new school reuires She loves working at Ms Dacie's where children and families can stop by to get help with all manner of matters and work in the garden as well However funding has been pulled and Ms Dacie may need to close Rain tries to get her father involved in an effort to get him to be functional once again and also tries to get her mother to realize that she and her father are in pain and need to process it differently than she doesThe descriptions of both Rain's home in Vermont and and in New York are very vivid Even though the move is a generally unwanted one both seem full of opportunities and their own forms of excitement It would have been nice to have a little information about Rain's mother's working situation in both settings but the new home does seem like an excellent place for both Rain and her father to be Rain's new school mates are also very interesting She is realistically portrayed as missing her best friend Izzy in Vermont but she manages to befriend the prickly Frankie whose best friend had lived in Rain's apartment and shy Amelia Her teacher Mrs Baldwin is very supportive giving her books to read and encouraging her writing Ms Dacie's is a bustling and vibrant environment filled with all manner of understanding supportive people Readers who enjoyed Benjamin's The Thing about Jellyfish Kelly's You Go First or Haydu's The Someday Suitcase will find this a sad but somewhat hopeful journey through grief This was a little upbeat than a lot of books but Stoddards' Just Like Jackie has not check out at all so I am debating purchase This cover is appealing and the inclusion of running adds to its appeal Again this is not my truth Why was the father not in some serious counseling Why was the family not Clearly the parents were not getting along well and this is as much of a stressor for Rain as her imagined guilt over the death If middle grade authors really want to be helpful in their depiction of grief they would have characters sent to counseling Rain especially could use some since she covered up for her brother her parents might well feel she is somewhat responsible and her feeling of guilt is something that needs to be assessed on a professional level

Review ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ï Lindsey Stoddard

RtSo when her mom suggests moving the family from Vermont to New York City Rain agrees But life in the big city is different She’s never seen so many people in one place or felt like an outsiderWith her parent. I read this in one sitting and found it was a successful juggling of a wide array of intense emotional situations complex characters and adolescent relationships involving so many checked topics and themes that I doubted it could succeed But it didThe story is set in motion when a grieving family leaves their sheltered privileged Vermont existence behind to live in urban NYC Not a New Yorker myself I found the setting took on character and heart than many books of that realm I suspect those who are native to the area would connect even so The central sixth grade character Rain has a voice that captures her many concerns and also hints at a degree of anxiety disprorger that predated their family's tragedyI loved the embedded literary reflections Ivan the One and Only Kwame Alexander's CROSSOVER and the outstanding validation of sports in the lives of young girls This book came to me highly recommended but I did feel an immediate appeal to it opting for other titles among the stack awaiting my attention A library due date nudged me to get it read and I'm happy I did It feels like an important book for readers of any background or setting or current concerns because it offers hope and rings true for the age of the central cast

Lindsey Stoddard Ï 9 Review

Right as RainIt’s been almost a year since Rain’s brother Guthrie died and her parents still don’t know it was all Rain’s fault In fact no one does Rain buried her secret deep no matter how heavy it weighs on her hea. I will say up front that Lindsey Stoddard’s sopho novel RIGHT AS RAIN did not hit me with the same personal emotional punch that her debut JUST LIKE JACKIE did But boy can Stoddard write She wears her heart on her sleeve as a writer As much as I adored JUST LIKE JACKIE I think RIGHT AS RAIN may actually be better written and tightly constructedWe know right away that a major theme of this story is going to be about the things we bury emotionally as Rain starts the story off with this early memory of her literally burying dresses in the yard when she was young because she refused to wear them I thought this was a perfect visual to set up the theme of the story It speaks metaphorically to the feelings she’s buried deep inside about losing her older brother Guthrie In fact every character in the story is burying something As a big fan of JUST LIKE JACKIE the structure of RIGHT AS RAIN felt familiar and Stoddard uses story elements in similar ways In JUST LIKE JACKIE we have Robinson baseball auto mechanics a grandfather with Alzheimer’s and a mystery surrounding Robinson’s mother’s name In RIGHT AS RAIN we have Rain track gardening parents grieving the loss of a child and a mystery surrounding Rain’s secret I don’t point this out as a bad thing It’s a comforting thing to me It’s about Stoddard’s style and voice being recognizable One of my favorite things about JUST LIKE JACKIE was the figurative language and RIGHT AS RAIN does not disappoint in this area either Stoddard fills Rain’s narrative with perfect similes and metaphors that speak to Rain’s character Rain grew up in rural Vermont and her father loves to garden so this is evident in the way she views situations around her The voice is flawless and the style reminds me of Jenni Holm’s MAY AMELIA and TURTLE IN PARADISE in this way “All the streets are one way so we drive down 151st and back up 152nd and we have to double park the van because cars are sueezed all the way down both sides of the street with just inches between them You wouldn’t even plant seeds in a vegetable garden that close That’s why there were seven years and one month between Guthrie and me Dad says to have to give things space to grow” This passage tells us so much about Rain’s observations in NYC her relationship with Guthrie and her father’s way of looking at things “both of our accents sound like twigs getting caught up in a weed whacker”“the dominoes men call out to him Hector dropping the H and hammering the ec like a tomato plant stake driving against rocky soil”“I already stick out like a cucumber plant trying to survive in a potato patch”“I can’t get my dad out of his room and being in apartment number thirty one makes me feel like an overwatered plant whose soil has no air pockets and whose roots can’t breathe because they’re drowning”“I wish she’d just cry so that I could cry too and it wouldn’t feel like we’re a retaining wall holding back soil that just wants to crumble out and is so tired of being packed in tight”I also loved Stoddard's depiction of life inside a classroom You can tell she has been a teacher because sometimes in children's literature classrooms can feel so cookie cutter like In Rain's classroom kids blurt out they socialize they chant and cheer they show anger they make fun of each other as kids do but they learn lessons and come together too The activities they do felt like thoughtful projects Rain was in very good hands in Mrs Baldwin's class I’m a big fan of Lindsey Stoddard Her writing has a lot of heart and the kids I know that have read JUST LIKE JACKIE have loved it fiercely I have no doubt that RIGHT AS RAIN will have a similar impact on kids maybe even so I can’t wait to read what she writes next