Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance - Hyde

The one bright spot in Cinnie's life is her little brother Bill, until her grandparents decide that Cinnie's mother is not capable of taking care of him. Sadly that is true, her alcoholic mother never cared for Bill (or her for that matter).  Cinnie has always taken care of everyone else. But, with Bill gone, Cinnie is alone and she no longer has any reason to care for anything.

In The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance by Catherine Ryan Hyde, thirteen year old Cinnie faces demons far beyond her age. After the loss of her brother, she slips easily into the only example she knows...drinking to drown your sorrows. And, it is only with the help of new friends that Cinnie is able to discover that her only goal needs to be to care for herself.

Entertaining for a YA adult novel. Cinnie's need to be loved and her efforts to fulfill the missing adult role are very believable. Perhaps a little less believable in how quickly Cinnie goes from "troubled teenaged girl" to "full-blown alcoholic", but having never been in the situation perhaps I don't know enough. It just seems that Cinnie would likely have been better off with really good counseling (her AA sponsor Pat does an admirable job, with little training) rather than AA meetings, but that's just my opinion.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.