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Contributor(s): De Gramont, Nina

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ISBN: 1416980148     ISBN-13: 9781416980148
Publisher: Atheneum
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2013

Annotation: Stepsiblings Tressa and Luke, close as children, fell in love as teens, and neither the disapproval of those around them nor even Luke's death can keep them apart as long as Tressa needs him.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Love; Fiction.
Death; Fiction.
Stepfamilies; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012030307
Lexile Measure: 800
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (1.00 lbs) 376 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q61476
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 21.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Following his death, Luke's spirit continues to visit his girlfriend (and stepsister), Tressa, but they can't really connect in death the way they did in life. Tressa's present life is interspersed with scenes from her past with Luke, poignant reminders of the love they once shared. The limitations of Luke and Tressa's paranormal connection can be read as an effective metaphor for grief.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 December)

Gr 9 Up—With an authentic voice and the proper balance between sorrow and hope, Gramont effectively explores issues of suicide, death, and the problems created in their wake. Tressa has a complicated family life. She and her free-spirited mom returned to settle where her mom grew up. The solitary girl is used to being the new kid and not quite fitting in. But in Rabbitbrush, she becomes reacquainted and falls in love with her childhood friend, Luke, who is also her stepsibling. Tragedy strikes when Luke is killed while trying to rescue Tressa's beloved dog from the river, and she feels that she cannot go on without him. Told from Tressa's and Luke's alternating perspectives, the story takes place after his death and includes flashbacks to before he was a spirit, providing readers with the couple's backstory. After her suicide attempt, Tressa tries to survive by simply existing. However, with the help of a therapist, family, and friends, she finds that her life begins to bloom anew. Luke's ghost appears as a loving presence, not a haunted specter. This sensitive portrayal does not end with all the problems solved, but it does leave hope for a better future.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT

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