Dippity-Do, garter belts, Bucket of Blood, and ? and the Mysterians are so 1967. This is the year Ruth Ann Bloomfield is in the eighth grade at St. Bonaventure’s (better known as St. Boner’s Adventure). She’s excited to find herself in a popular group of girls, The Tandem Riders, and has caught the eye of the cutest boy in school. Her usual problems of staying away from heDippity-Do, garter belts, Bucket of Blood, and ? and the Mysterians are so 1967. This is the year Ruth Ann Bloomfield is in the eighth grade at St. Bonaventure’s (better known as St. Boner’s Adventure). She’s excited to find herself in a popular group of girls, The Tandem Riders, and has caught the eye of the cutest boy in school. Her usual problems of staying away from her mean and much older sister, trying to ditch the pesky girl next door, and convincing her friends that her divorced Catholic/Jewish family is cool, not crazy become insignificant when her body betrays her. Ruth Ann learns that growing up is more than sneaking Winstons and shopping at Mitchell’s Young at Heart. Coming of age against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and a rising counter culture, Ruth Ann discovers, through friendship, what truly matters.This book is filled with iconic music references and great attention to vintage era-specific detail. This will appeal to young adult readers as well as adults who grew up in this era. With gentle humor, the story of Ruth Ann tackles difficult subjects such as body image, self-esteem, and sexual pressure. Most importantly, this is the story of a girl with Psoriasis. This disease causes not just skin sores, itching, and irritation. Psoriasis also leads to depression, shame, anxiety, and can even result in suicide. While there are better options today for treatment, in 1967, the treatments were primitive and ineffective. Most people had to wait it out and many got no relief at all.Ruth Ann learns that being a good friend is more important than how she looks or even how she feels. She searches for companionship and belonging to compensate for the lack of nurturing she gets from her divorced family. The added pressure of hiding her skin causes enormous tension in her relationships and life.Ruth Ann is a believable and relatable character for young and not-so-young readers alike. This book is filled with quirky, funny people offsetting a very serious topic. It is a touching and enjoyable read....
|Title||:||gone before spring|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||268 Pages|
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gone before spring Reviews
I grew up in Alger Heights in the seventies and this book brought me back to wonderful childhood memories. I used to go to Mitchell's Young at Heart, Alger Hardware to rent tandem bikes, and Alger Variety for candy. As a matter of fact, the grocery store, Boorsmas had an amazing meat counter and the butcher, Frank, gave all the kids hot dogs! Sheila Solomon Shotwell is an amazing author and I never wanted this book to end. I remember so much of these things from my childhood it warmed my heart. I feel like Ruth Ann and all her friends were part of my life and I never wanted the book to end!I cannot wait until the sequel comes out. Kudos to Sheila for writing this amazing book.
This book is a refreshing look at the trials of an early adolescent in the 60’s. It is so very honest and tender. Frankly, I could not put it down. The details, from fashion to music, made reading it pure joy. The trauma of dealing with a body that had to be “hidden” to avoid shame and potential loss of a love certainly hit home. I can’t wait for the sequel.
A coming-of-age story that is so tender and sweet, it took me back to the butterflies of first crushes, the long wait of saving up babysitting money, neighborhood friends, and the agony of middle school social struggles. I highly recommend this to anyone!
The importance of Gone Before Spring is that the protagonist, Ruth Ann, A thirteen year old girl, Survives and thrives despite social and physical afflictions. The eye of the beholder can be ruthless, and the one held may be defenseless, but Ruth Ann finds her way.Most of us think sight is the most valuable of our senses, but skin is the larges sensory organ and the most important for human survival. Infants deprived of touch stop growing.Touch is the first sense that develops in the fetus. Skin provides our first source of information about the external world. A thin sensitive membrane its the sole barrier between the outside world and our vulnerable inner self. the sense of touch, for good or bad, establishes our first bond. Between the pressure of sexual development and the growing awareness of social complexity an adolescent may be psychologically sensitive and fragile than an infant.When Ruth Ann, becomes afflicted with a disfiguring skin disease, her budding sexuality and fragile self esteem are threatened. Gone Before Spring is more than a simple young adult novel about a teenage girl navigating the social instability of life in the sixties, it's an existential dilemma with universal relevance. What teenager hasn't doubted his or her attractiveness, sexual allure, and social acceptability.