She has one loyal friend in Julie. I want to know more about the the eerie persuasion skills that are possessed by Maggie. The only thing I did like about Surfacing was Leah. She also has an uncanny, almost magical ability to draw out people's deepest truths, even when they don't intend to share them. At times, I would even say it was boring. .
Nora Raleigh Baskin is the acclaimed author of several novels for young readers, including All We Know of Love. All in all if I could give 0 stars I would. I liked the premise of her almost magical ability that draws the truth from people and I love the themes of grief and blame that ultimately give way to forgiveness, so I knew that I needed to read this one. Baskin gets to the point quickly, pushing readers through meaningful connections between Leah's drowning and how Maggie and her family deal with the long ago tragedy. This contradiction symbolizes her uncertainty with life around her.
She has only one friend, Julie, because others steer clear of her due to her innate ability to make people spill their deepest secrets. Things like, having the boy you like come over to your house and attempts to have sex with you numerous times and failing Imagine for a moment that you have the natural ability to bring out the truth in anyone; they can't lie to you. Maggie's a sympathetic character but makes some destructive choices. The young girls and their mothers, especially, could hardly contain themselves as the dolphins swam back and forth, around the line of people in which Maggie and her dad stood shivering. Even though Maggie has an interesting past, it felt like the author was somehow keeping me at a distance.
I am an excitable girl, my dad tells me. The story of the guilt of losing someone you think you could have saved, even though you were actually too young to do so. The whole book was just her living her life and providing backstory on it. Nathan swung his legs off the bed, hunching his shoulders. I don't know, maybe this is a good book, but I just couldn't handle all of the problems listed above in one novel that's not even 200 pages.
With a solemn opening in the voice of Maggie's older sister Leah, readers are drawn into the heart of the story. I won't tell you why I just said that, but while I feel like wanting to cry when I'm reading this novel. Sex ed classes teach condom use since it offers protection from more than just pregnancy! This particular parts of the story is what made me hold on it a little bit more, the sadness, loneliness and that feeling of being lost is something I want to read, what made me connect to Maggie somehow and understand her a little bit more. I even use future tense, and first person plural, which you almost never see in a book. But this novel, in the end just left me feeling so conflicted. She was dating Nathan, who very loving and sweet. She has no control over this strange power, but everyone else has definitely noticed so Maggie has just one friend.
If she can make people talk, why couldn't she find it in herself to talk as well? Because by that point everything kinda went haywire but also got super boring at the same time. Nathan was the one thing that felt right, but then what do you expect in a relationship that started purely because of Maggie's desire to lose her virginity and prepare herself for another guy? How her older sister, hated her and loved her as siblings do, and you find out the story of what happened that day. It would randomly go from the present to the past with no forewarning or breaks. You just sit there kind of in disbelief that this is a real pub This book left something to be desired. The beginning seems too choppy with flashbacks and unnecessary information that I sorta lost track of where the story was even going by time I reached chapter 2. This article was edited by Wikipedia Baskin teaches and in a school.
When she meets and falls in love with a nice guy her life seems to be improving. Surfacing includes elements that you have not used in your other books. Maggie stood on the starting block, looking out onto the water. Swimming is her one escape from her bickering parents at home and her guilt about not doing anything to save her sister. How did the parents not get in trouble with child protective services when they left their young children alone at home and one of them literally died?!? But I got ahead of myself, and forgot the most basic rule of writing: the character has to want something. Surfacing by Nora Raleigh Baskin. I have to say, Maggie's decisions grated on my nerves and I wanted to shake her, but I suppose we all need to make mistakes in life, to learn from them.
I wanted to write a book that threw the question on its head: What is bullying, really? Her actual boyfriend breaks up with her. After finishing Surfacing I'm not too sure what to think. I did, however, like the writing style. She feels that it's her fault that her parents are getting a divorce, and because of this hurt, she has sex with a sleaze ball, while cheating on her boyfriend, who is probably the best written character. Since then, Maggie has developed the mysterious ability to get people to tell her some of their deepest truths a plot point that is sadly underexplored, although perhaps just meant to present the irony that her family shies away from acknowledging its deepest truths. She has only one friend, Julie, because others steer clear of her due to her innate ability to make people spill their deepest secrets. They know I like to draw and make up fashions.
So maybe I was too rough with Maggie and I might have punched her in the stomach by mistake while we were playing. However, I do not feel any sympathy for her especially with the way she handled her romantic relationships. I just taught myself how to swim a year ago, and I'm still not 100% comfortable in the water. I'm sure that if you can push yourself past that it's probably an ok book. When Baskin was seven, she and her family moved to upstate. I am not sure where this transition is.
I had nothing else to read for fiction. At that point, I understand why Maggie is such a recluse. You just sit there kind of in disbelief that this is a real published novel. It's hard to figure out what Maggie really wants out of her life because as soon as she gives herself a chance to be happy, she goes and consciously makes herself unhappy. Maybe if the book had her point of view more often, I would have liked it better.