Obviously, the title's from the quote at the beginning of the book, but what it really refers to is that last argument between Ann and Niki, the argument about whether life is worth it or if it's meaningless. Rohmann, review of A Solitary Blue, pp. We meet three young women as they commence their freshman year at a college, circa 1960. School Library Journal, September, 1983, Gloria P. Story of 3 women, college roomates with different temperaments, brought together by a common interest in volleyball.
Main character Ann is a boring drip; Niki, the sailor-mouthed rebel, radiates off the page, more lively than her surroundings; team captain Hildy is a wise and steady leader with an unusually strict moral compass. Niki is strong and headstrong and a bit wild, but always herself. You'll probably find more of them than I did. I repeat: what… I know, I know. I would go to the library and starting with the letter 'A' peruse books at the fifth, sixth, and seventh-grade age level. And there is the mysterious, mystical dean of students, who asks even harder questions and doesn't try to explain the answers.
The surface reading is that seeing the details of a situation clouds your judgment and you can live a truer, clearer life if you're not bogged down by those things. I am an avid Cynthia Voigt fan, so I thought I'd read this book despite the title, but by page eighteen she hadn't drawn me into the story. There are a few other girls, one of whom gets to develop a personality, but it's mostly just the three. A number of critics observed that The Callender Papers was lighter fare than Voigt usually offers her readers, but most also found the mystery satisfying and well written. I found myself hoping she'd throw the glasses away. When they first meet, they are cautious and untrusting, but eventually they band together as outsiders. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.
It was like being queen for a day. New York Times Book Review, May 10, 1981, Kathleen Leverich, review of Homecoming, p. The story is compelling, the characters fairly real despite their extremes. Then I tried them on to see if they fit. Anyway, not a half bad book. Voigt also relied a little too much on volleyball as a met This was another one I ended up reading because it was discussed in. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004.
But if the reader is not into volleyball, or not into sporting-event descriptions in general, it's not that hard to skim the game scenes and perceive the mindset, the interactions, etc etc, of the characters, which is the sports-metaphor purpose of this part of the story. It's amazing that she was given the grudging permission to continue her education, and for only one year at that. Become the upper-class wife and mother? The more I wrote about her, the more real she became to me. Tamer Shipp appears as Mina's minister, to whom she goes for guidance. It's just that the story could have been better done.
Niki as a public defender, Eloise as an academic in the footsteps of The Munchkin, and Ann. We had very little patience with that attitude. But they still have their differences--ones that are more fundamental: religion, beliefs about what life means, attitudes, morals, etc. But they still have their differences--ones that are more fundamental: religion, beliefs about what life means, attitudes, m 3. I think its a coming-of-age novel - the women in the book are all learning about where they fit with each other, at the college and in the world. Generally, a rather unsatisfying book. Mikey's talent in tennis and Margalo's persistence in combating unfair rules help them to get the attention that they sought.
All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Life had always been predictable for Ann…until she met her college roommates, Niki and Hildy. We should have more fun with that. The spine may show signs of wear. I remembered some awesome character development from the first time around. Even from chapter 3, it's clear that Something Bad will have to happen to bring about Important Life Lessons, and that Something Bad must necessarily happen to a particular character.
In this book, Ann, Niki, and Hildy are three girls rooming together at Stanton College. In her novels for children and young adults, she examines such serious topics as child abandonment, verbal abuse, racism, and coping with amputation. They sent you into fits of screaming rage, monsoons of silent tears in the emptiness of your bedroom. Main character Ann is a boring drip; Niki, the sailor-mouthed rebel, radiates off the page, more lively than her surroundings; team captain Hildy is a wise and steady leader with an unusually strict moral compass. Voigt's a gifted writer, and she got better.
I came to Dickens and Trollope later in life. Zarrow Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003 The Margaret Edwards Award, for a body of work, 1995 Jackaroo: Rattenfanger-Literatur Preis ratcatcher prize, awarded by the town of Hamlin in Germany , 1990 Izzy, Willy-Nilly: the Young Reader Award California , 1990 The Runner: Deutscher Jungenliteraturpreis German young people's literature prize , 1988 Zilverengriffel Silver Pen, a Dutch prize , 1988 Come a Stranger: the Judy Lopez Medal given by readers in California , 1987 A Solitary Blue: a Newbery Honor Book, 1984 The Callender Papers: The Edgar given by the Mystery Writers of America , 1984 Dicey's Song: the Newbery Medal, 1983. Adaptations Several of Voigt's titles have been recorded as audio books. A traumatic event at the end is kind of a shocker. Crisis builds on crisis, and the plot moves quickly, if predictably, toward graduation and resolution. Dear God, Hildy was the only real person in the book! I thought the friendships, disagreements, and other interactions between the characters had a ring of truth to them, no one person always being right or rational all the time.