Gone and Back Again

Gone and Back Again Caley s family is on the move again His mother and stepfather have made another in a series of bad decisions and once again Caley his older brother Fulton and little sister Louise are pulling up s

  • Title: Gone and Back Again
  • Author: Jonathon Scott Fuqua
  • ISBN: 9781933368771
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • Caley s family is on the move again His mother and stepfather have made another in a series of bad decisions, and once again, Caley, his older brother Fulton, and little sister Louise are pulling up stakes With each move, Caley s mental state grows a little worse This time they re living in Naples, Florida, where Caley s stepfather has finally found a job Sad and confuCaley s family is on the move again His mother and stepfather have made another in a series of bad decisions, and once again, Caley, his older brother Fulton, and little sister Louise are pulling up stakes With each move, Caley s mental state grows a little worse This time they re living in Naples, Florida, where Caley s stepfather has finally found a job Sad and confused, Caley attributes his problems to Star Trek, the glow from his clock radio, anything but the root cause family dynamics, including his love hate relationship with Fulton Working together at a Pancake Palace, the simmering tension between the two boys finally explodes The episode cracks the pall of sadness that has enveloped Caley for so long, enabling him to understand the journey, both literal and figurative, that the family has taken Written from a survivor s standpoint, Gone and Back Again describes Caley s descent into severe depression with humor, hope, and poignancy.

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    1. Reviewed by Katie Hayes for TeensReadTooEleven-year-old Caley has every reason to keep to himself. After his parents' divorce, he and his two siblings keep moving every couple of months. His father is an unpredictable, emotionally abusive alcoholic. His mother is paralyzed by depression to the point of negligence. He doesn't get along with either of his stepparents. And when he finally makes a friend, it's one whose problems are even worse than his own. But things are even worse inside his own h [...]

    2. Fuqua's first stab at a novel geared for adults. Traditionally a young adult writer, Fuqua's narrative of an adolescent boy struggling with depression, divorced parents and simply being a pubescent kid is surprisingly upbeat. An odd book b/c there are time when this reads like a series of vignettes that don't always seem to have a solid narrative structure. By the end of the book though, I realized that much of this seemingly scattered approach is much like an 11 or 12 yr old would think about t [...]

    3. I have no idea how this book landed on my night stand. I took it along on a two day birding trip because it was short. Fuqua tells the story of three children whose parents have divorced and both married again while the children were adolescents. The story was filled with calamity of step parents and their children. It was believable but tragic. On to something different!

    4. Raw and honest, the young narrator takes you with him as his world tilts and he struggles to keep from falling. You cannot help but want to reach into the pages to give Caley a helping hand. It takes a true artist to create that for the reader. This is a book that would be embraced by YA as well as adults.

    5. A short, oddly compelling book. The main character Cay is so sad, dejected and demoralized. You want to hug him and tell him his life wont always be crap, he'll someday grow up and be happy. But then again, nobody can promise that. Not a feel good book at all, but a worthwhile read.

    6. I'm not sure how I felt about this book. I'm quite sure I didn't dislike it but it's not very memorable. I left it with Georgia, so I'll be interested to see how she feels about it.

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