Book Reviews of Child of My Heart

Child of My Heart
Child of My Heart
Author: Alice McDermott
ISBN-13: 9780374121235
ISBN-10: 0374121230
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
We all would have liked to have had a babysitter as wonderful as this kind young woman. Taking care of rich summer people's children gives this heroine wonderful experiences in growing up and adds a richness to her own young life. Really nice audiobook.
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Helpful Score: 2
***SPOILER*** I wanted to finish the book because I wanted to see the ending but I did not like it at all. If you are an animal lover, you will need to skip over the detailed 3 or 4 pages about a cat getting hit by a car and in detail every article of clothing its blood was on. Also, The 15 year old was constantly groped by grown men who she was a babysitter for and this continued the entire book. She did not tell her father or hull off and slap him. The girls' days were very repetitive. Quick book to read
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Helpful Score: 1
Coming-of-age novel showing the summer for a girl and her life on the shore baby-sitting and caring for a cousin who is in failing health. The parents plan their life around giving every advantage to their beautiful daughter. The author gives insight and grace to everyday life in Theresa's summer season.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a very sweet and well written book. The main character,15 year old, Theresa, seems to have the deep wisdom of an old soul. Her uncanny ability to relate to children and animals enables her to draw her shy, fragile cousin, Daisy to emerge from her shell and enjoy the most special summer of her life.
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Helpful Score: 1
Pretty good book. Kept me reading to see where it was going (with the characters)
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book. I read it very fast. Alice McDermott is a great author, I think I've read all her books.
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Interesting story of a young girl caring for her cousin, neighborhood children, and neighborhood dogs in the course of one summer in Long Island.
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very sweet and touching book
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I really enjoyed this book, Alice is a great author.
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This is a beatifully written summer read. You'll fall in love with Theresa and her "extended" family that she so tenderly cares for. She has something to teach us all about love and caring for little ones of the 2 and 4 legged variety.
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The writing was fantastic; just drew you in to the little world of Theresa and her family/friends. But, a very disturbing and not-to-be-believed subplot of the 15 year old's romantic interest in the elderly painter. In real life, a healthy 15 year old girl would be repulsed by a 70 year old man (unless she herself had been abused or molested, or some other such thing, which she was not). Just hated the last 1/4th of the book, that gross and unbelievable subplot, the death of the cat, and most of all, the ending (we never find out what was wrong with Daisy, etc.). So, 3 1/2 stars for the wonderful storytelling and writing of the author, but just wish it would have headed in a different direction.
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This was an adult version of the Babysitter's club series. I'm not sure what the point of the novel was or what exactly happened to Daisy.
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Unabridged - 6 cassettes - 8.5 hours
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This book was recommended to me via FABIL, and it was a dud. I think it must have been recommended b/c I like ann patchett's writing. Alice McDermott is an Ann Patchett wannabe. The story was distractingly unrealistic, full of awkward metaphors and odd descriptions. I gave it 1.5 stars because it has a racy subplot that involves the unrealistically sweet and capable 15 year old protagonist seducing an elderly, world famous painter (with rotting teeth). When near-miss statuatory rape is the highlight of a book, you know it's time to move on.
The senseless, gruesome deaths of numerous scruffy little animals provide a not particularly subtle foil to the main plot line.
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Wonderous. A gorgeous novel about a young woman coming of age on Long Island.
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Quite honestly, it was a little boring. A girl's summer as a babysitter on the East End of Long Island. Yawn......
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This is an absolute gem of a book. Written about a young woman's experience from the perspective of a grown woman looking down the long pipe of experience, it rings true on every page.
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An excellent coming of age novel where the main character truly discovers that she is more together than she thought.
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Reading this beautifully told story was like stepping into, and becoming a part of the story itself, to become an additional character, or wish you were. That is how real these characters became and how much you came to care about them. Told in a gently meandering stlye, full of the rich details of nature and emotion, each sentence a song unto itself. Theresa, the only child of older parents, smart, exceptionally pretty, living on Long Island and attending a private girl's school, spends her summers caring for neighbor's pets and children. Alone much ! of the time, though not lonely, she is not a part of any social group and doesn't appear to have any girlfriends.
The story takes place in the summer of her 15th year. Her young cousin Daisy, eight years old and a favorite of hers, comes to spend
a few weeks away from her large (eight children) family. Theresa has a genuine way with children and pets, gentle, respectful, patient, appreciative,wise, weaving magical, enchanting stories and making creative, intuitive games out of simple activities. They adore her, as you come to in the course of the story. She truly cares for them, in a way the other adults in the story can't seem to bring themselves to. In fact they fall shamefully short of not only understanding, but into the catagory of negelect. This summer is a turning point in Theresa's life, and although it includes a brief, strange entanglement with an artist, father of one of her charges, it is her relationship to Daisy, "poor Daisy" that closes the door on her own idealic childhood. The author, Alice McDermott is a master of both word and mood. I was moved by this book in a way I can't quite grasp or describe, except to say that as I read it, I lived it. That I can enter the story through the skill of and author is without a doubt, remarkable! Read this book
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I enjoyed this book , loved the characters.
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I do not recommend this book.

I found the ending of this book very, very disappointing. It had a great beginning and seemed like it was going somewhere.

A fascinating young teenager and her young relative explore the town, discuss things, etc. The writing was beautiful.

Then she had (underage) sex with a dirty old man, a child died, and that was basically the end.

It just seemed so pointless and stupid.

I mean, really, what was the point?
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Very good. Interesting!
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Sweet, and thoroughly enjoyable
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I got this book off paperbackswap and I liked it.. its easy reading but thought invoking.
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Fifteen is a year of clarity; you're still one of the kids, but you're finally beginning to unlock the mysteries of adult behavior. In her luminous novel Child of My Heart, Alice McDermott's narrator is a 15-year-old girl who has two qualities that give her access to the secret lives of adults: she's beautiful, and she looks after their children.
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Another insightful and honest read from McDermott. She tells Theresa's story with sensitivity, but tells it nonetheless. Each page brings us face to face with our sweetest memories and our darkest moments.
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Loved this book. Innocence, coming of age, adventure... Enjoyable read.
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beautifully written
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The cover is the same but it is actually a softcover.