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“This book is amazing, it really puts you in the life of Icy, a girl who is diagnosed with tourette syndrome at ten years old. it shows you this disorder through her eyes and how it effected her as a person and almost ruined her life. The things that she goes through and what she sees other people...”see full review » see other reviews »
“While I thought the beginning of this novel was really good, I started to lose interest towards the end of it. The ending is very good though, but not exactly what I was hoping for.”Molly Katelyn Evans wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A summer read choice you can make. Let us know what you think!”SMG Media Learning Center wrote this review Friday, May 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story gave me a more "up close and personal" view of the mind, feelings and urgings of a person with Tourette Syndrome. The ending was boring, too drawn out and I didn't care for the religious turn it took. ”Ethel D wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When she was 10 years old Icy Sparks began to feel strange sensations in her body, ones that made her limbs twist or stiffen, her head feel like it was about to explode and a desperate need to release the pressure by 'croaking' and spewing curses and ugly phrases into the air. Icy's grandparents, with whom she lived since her parents had died, were unaware of Icy's affliction for months as Icy hid in the root cellar when she felt an episode coming on. One person she shared her secret with was Miss Emily a sweet-natured woman who was so fat she rippled when she moved. Icy felt a kinship with Miss Emily as they both were different from everyone else and seemed destined to be lonely. After Icy began having episodes at school the other children and a most hateful schoolteacher began to tease and taunt Icy eventually relegating Icy to a storage closet for her own private classroom to keep her away from the 'normal' children. Fortunately the kindly prinicpal kept Icy supplied with books and schoolwork and eventually he approached Icy's grandparents about sending Icy to an institution where, hopefully, the doctors would understand Icy's condition and help her.
Life in the institution was both wonderful and horrific for Icy. Instead of a hateful schoolteacher Icy was now confronted with a cruel aide who poked, insulted and treated the young inmates no better than animals. The rest of the staff however were kind and tried to help Icy learn how to control the impulses that Icy called her 'bad side". Icy wanted nothing more from life than to be a normal girl with friends and a bright future but even after her release from the institution and her return home to her grandparents her episodes continued and Icy closed herself off from the rest of the world. Her fear of people's reactions to her disorder would rule the next few years of her life making her a sad, disagreeable young woman. Her grandparents and Miss Emily never gave up on Icy and they struggle to show her what a sweet person lives inside that tortured shell.
The story was set in the mid-to-late 50's when Tourette's syndrome was not widely recognized even by the medical community. Icy did not learn the name of her probelm until she was in her 20's and that none of the episodes were her 'bad side' coming out but uncontrollable brain signals that caused them. I enjoyed Icy's story and seriously wanted to smack a few of the characters in the book, namely that horrible teacher and the hospital aide. Icy is a strong young woman who fortunately had a loving and caring support system. I recommend this one.
“ I read this book for a personal challenge. I have most all of Oprah's book club novels, so I'm working my way through them, along with other books. I enjoyed the story of Icy Sparks, set in Kentucky and how she came to learn how to control her Tourette Syndrome and learning more about it in later life. Its the story of a small girl who is raised by her Grandfather and Grandmother, and the problems she had coping with her problem, as well as feeling unloved. ”Sandee63 wrote this review Monday, February 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read in 1998. 3 1/2 stars.”Laina A wrote this review Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really good book about a young girl dealing with Tourette's in the 1950s. I really enjoyed the story-telling, the characters and the love shown in a difficult situtation. Nice to read a fiction book about a disability that isn't all abuse and dispair.
This would be a good book for older teens, but it does have language, related to this particular syndrome.”
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