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Emma's life is crazily careening out of control. In the midst of her anger and hurt, can she choose a different direction?
Emma is angry. She’s angry at her siblings, who she always has to baby sit; her parents, who are divorcing and ruining her life in the process; and herself for not measuring up to anyone’s standards.
With her simmering feelings ready to spill over at any time, Emma's self-worth plummets. Her faith in God is tested in the face of overwhelming hurt that threatens to send her over the edge. Can she turn back in time?
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This is a good easy read for teens. Emma tries to balance caring for her younger siblings, time with friends, preparinmg for an upcoming school musical, and her anger over her parents' divorce. Through it all she senses God speaking to her and has to decide if she will trust Him with her life. I look forward to giving this to some teen girls that I work wih as a youth group leader.
1/8/2011 9:36:56 PM
Thrust into the center of her parents’ bitter divorce, Emma Monaghan is surrounded by pure anger and confusion, in Laura L. Smith’s Angry: a Novel. Being the oldest of six children, she has the weighty responsibility of caring for her siblings. Things only get more intense as her father seems to spontaneously have an affair and leave their family. Emma feels as if everyone is blaming her for the divorce. Her only escape comes from the theatre as she assumes the role of Eponine for Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. The play serves as metaphor for Emma’s own life.
Many teenagers will be able to easily relate to Emma’s experiences. In addition to divorce, the short novel addresses many other serious issues such as adultery, alcoholism, eating disorders and teenage pregnancy. Mixed into these issues are the average teenage concerns of fashion, cars, friends and gossip. Although religion does eventually play a large role in the novel, it does not dominate the text. Emma finds herself turning to God during hard times, but does not seem to devoutly believe in Him. Her conversations with God gradually move from casual comments to heartfelt exchanges. Angry is a great novel that accurately describes what it is like to be a teenage girl. I highly recommend this book to teenagers looking for a novel to identify with. Adults wanting insight into the teenage girl mind will also benefit from this great novel.
12/24/2010 6:45:31 PM
This is a really good book for teens. Quick and easy to understand yet gives you help through teen issues. The issue worked through in this book is “Anger”. Emma a junior in high school can’t wait for the school year to start, she auditioned for the school’s musical, “Les Mis”, plus she wants to get out of her house where her world has been turned upside-down.
Emma’s dad has left the family for another women, and her mom started drinking. Emma’s fuse is short and she is yelling at everyone and is angry with the world and with God.
I see a lot of myself in Emma. I have a short fuse, but I also have been turning myself around and trying to rely on God more, which is hard. Emma had to learn this same lesson.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book and how short the ending was. She asks God to take control of her life and everything is ok. But over all the book was really good and it was hard to put down. Laura L Smith, the author, has a few more books that fit into the teen category that I would like to read. I like her writing style, it’s easy for me to understand and has a good story line.
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12/19/2010 9:17:19 PM
Angry by Laura Smith
This book was well written and you could feel the anger from Emma. The author does a great job of capturing the thoughts and emotions of some teens today as they struggle to grow up with out a relationship with God. Towards the end, Ms Smith brings all of it full circle back to God. Emma realizes that God needs to be part of her life and heal her anger.
This book is definitely geared for teens and adults.
Overall I loved the book and would like to read her others.
12/14/2010 9:14:34 AM
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Emma is angry. Angry because, when she only wants to have the life of a normal teenage girl, things seem to be out of control. She’s angry at her father for having an affair and splitting her family. She’s angry at her siblings because she always has to watch them. She’s angry at her mother for avoiding much of the responsibility after her parents’ separation. Emma is angry at God, too. She feels like in the midst of all her family trouble, he has abandoned her.
This book was interesting. It was a short, quick read, and I managed it in an afternoon. It was a good book, and I would recommend it for anyone who feels anger towards a divorce in their family or something of that sort. It wasn’t relevant to me. The story seemed to develop too quickly, and Emma’s character lacked depth. I felt like the author would forget about the main plot line, Emma’s anger, during the drama scenes and such. When she came back to that, it was somewhat sudden and unexpected.
Other than that, the book was enjoyable. Personally, it wasn’t a favorite, but I think that you could give it a try.
12/13/2010 5:57:50 PM