By Vivian Vande Velde
Fourteen-year-old Susan (or, as she prefers to be referred to as, Sybil) has been attempting to reinvent herself ever because the mysterious disappearance of her older sister, Alison. lifestyles has been very complicated on the grounds that Alison left. Susan’s mom has develop into overly protecting, petrified of wasting one other baby. Her new tuition isn't really all undesirable, in fact, however it is various and perplexing. Her ally, Connie, has what can be a superb thought — or even it has the makings of a catastrophe: in the event that they subscribe to the college play, they may prove with dates for the freshman dance. Readers will empathize with Susan’s try to make experience of her burdened international, the lack of her sister, a brand new institution, turmoil at domestic, and the growing to be pains of youth. yet Susan, regardless of all, continues to be vivid, humorous, and self conscious with the aid of a brand new and intelligently supportive stepfather and a full of life staff of faculty buddies. the tale is plausible and touching and wonderful via the narrator’s voice.
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It worked for a couple months after Alison left, when I was depressed: Here, Susan, have a doughnut. Here, Susan, ice cream will make you feel better. Page 4 Until I noticed my thighs were getting as big around as Arnold Schwarzeneggers. Like wearing glasses isnt already enough to get me crossed off the lists of half the boys in the world. Mom, of course, doesnt see it. Mom says I have a cute little figure. Mom doesnt know what shes talking about. Page 5 2 Nothings the same since Alison went away.
And he turns his attention to Connie. No need to be nervous, Matt tells me. You have a really sweet voice. I get so flustered that I almost give my name as Susan instead of Sibyl. Connie, of course, is a soprano. All the girls who can sing are sopranos. This is stupid, I tell myself as we sing in our four-part harmony and I wonder how many of the others are singing only tonight. What good does it do for us to learn this idiotic song Page 48 when all were going to be doing is painting scenery and moving sets around?
She says in her chirpy little voice, like were best of friends. I didnt know you were interested in theater. Instead of sitting on one of the seats, she perches herself on the back of the seat in the row ahead of us. I figure that way she can see all around and notice right away if somebody more interesting comes in. Mary Amber starts telling us about all the plays shes been inand its not grammar school pageants shes talking about: shes been in regional theater. What parts are you trying out for?
Alison, Who Went Away by Vivian Vande Velde