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Winter Longing
ISBN: 9781595142887
Author: Mills, Tricia
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: August 2010
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Physical Information: 8.25" H x 1.00" L x 5.50" W (0.55 lbs) 266 pages
Category: Middle/High School
 
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 August #2)

A frigid Alaskan backdrop effectively underscores the numbness high school senior Winter Craig feels after her brand-new boyfriend, Spencer, dies in a plane crash. Reeling in sorrow, with the memories of their first (and last) kiss still fresh in her mind, Winter doesn't know how she can go back to living a normal life. When her neighbor Jesse starts showing signs of affection, she feels torn, as though her attraction to another boy is a form of betrayal. Beginning some chapters with Winter's romantic flashbacks of growing up with Spencer and others with literary quotes about love, Mills (Heartbreak River) creates a wrenching tale of love lost and found again. It's an innately melodramatic premise, and Winter's narration amplifies that aspect of this weepie, not always credibly ("I emerged from my room like a prisoner thrust upon a world I no longer remembered how to live in. Like Morgan Freeman's character in The Shawshank Redemption"). Nevertheless, Winter's arduous journey through grief will touch those who have shared her longing to recapture and rewrite the past. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 February)

Gr 8–11—Winter Craig, a high school senior in Tundra, AK, finally musters the courage to confess her feelings to Spencer, her best friend and childhood crush, by inviting him to the Snow Ball. They instantly become a couple, but the very next day, Spencer is killed when he crashes his plane during a flight test. Now Winter and her friend Lindsay, who was also close to Spencer, are left to grieve for him in their own ways, which brings conflict at first, and then a deeper friendship between the girls. As Winter works through her loss, her neighbor Jesse is there for her, and now she also has to deal with her developing feelings for him, the guilt and confusion they bring, and the wrath of his mean ex. Chapters are separated by Winter's memories of Spencer, but as the plot evolves these thoughts are replaced with quotes about love taken from a Quote-a-Day calendar that he had given her. Mills's depiction of grief is real and well paced, as is the tension she builds around Winter and Jesse's budding relationship. This contemporary story packs a punch and is a suitable novel for booktalking.—Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ

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