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Emily For Real

Category: Book
By (author): Gunnery, Sylvia
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Adoption
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Audience: young adult
Publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
Published: April 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.03in x 5.48in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*If it's just him, I cut a clean diagonal right across the middle, letting one half fall dead on the bed and throwing the other half on top of the pile. If it's a picture of him with me, I carefully slice him off, and for some reason I save the piece with me in it. After a while, there's a pile of Brian corpses lying there staring at nothing, and the pages of my album are all patched up with slices and triangles and scraps of pictures of me. In every one of these sliced-up pictures, I look stranded. Seventeen-year-old Emily's world crumbles when her boyfriend dumps her, and when she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse, a series of secrets are revealed that threaten to tear her beloved family apart. Emily's heart has been broken into a hundred pieces and she feels like there is no one to turn to, until an unexpected friendship blossoms with a troubled classmate named Leo. Sometimes moody but always supportive, Leo is Emily's rock in an ocean of confusion and disbelief. But Leo doesn't have an easy life either. He struggles to be both mother and father to his little sister while his mom battles her alcohol addiction. His deadbeat dad darts in and out of the picture, and Leo would rather he stay away, permanently. The two friends lean on each other, and in the end discover the inner strength to face whatever life throws at them. With incredible insight into the teenage psyche and speckled with pitch-perfect humor, author Sylvia Gunnery has created a heart-warming coming-of-age story that explores the intricacies of family and friendship. "
From The Publisher*Emily is quickly learning that life isn't simple. A failed romance and scandalous family revelations have shaken her to the core. But a new friendship with her classmate Leo is her saving grace and they give each other the courage to face life's challenges head on.
Review Quote*...genuinely touching at its tear-inducing, hopeful end.
Review Quote*...Gunnery gives Emily a thoughtful, introspective, and easily relatable voice.
Review Quote*Gunnery's style is enjoyably terse and direct...observations like "crying is not cathartic" are short on words but high on impact.
Review Quote*Young adult readers, especially females, will enjoy reading about the challenges Emily faces and will cheer her on throughout the book, and she attempts to unravel the secrets which have been woven around her.
Review Quote*Emily's genuine characterization keeps the situation grounded in real emotion that readers will be able to relate to.
Review Quote*Gunnery nicely captures the way families really are, the sweet, mundane and strained interactions of everyday life . . . Emily for Real is a satisfying read for teens who will root for Emily as she faces the challenges of friendship and families and growing up.
Review Quote*As the narrator who shares her responses to a stream of stupefying revelations, Emily becomes a real girl, not a cardboard cut-out of a teen.
Biographical Note"Sylvia Gunnery is the author of many books for teens and younger readers. Throughout her former career as a teacher, she has met many students who have inspired her to create authentic and engaging stories. Out of Bounds, the first in her series of sports novels, is a Best Books for Kids and Teens/Our Choice Selection and was nominated for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award. Sylvia gives writing workshops in her home province of Nova Scotia and across Canada, encouraging young writers to find their own voices and tell their own stories. "