Thursday, January 17, 2008


Apart, by R.P. MacIntyre and Wendy MacIntyre

When Jessica's father takes off, she places an advertisement in the Globe and Mail asking for any information about his whereabouts. The ad is answered by Sween. And thus begins an impassioned correspondence between two teens whose lives are difficult, and who find a lifeline in writing to each other.

Jessica lives in New Brunswick with her troubled mother, autistic little brother, and sometimes present emotionally abusive, too cool for his own good father. Sween lives in Alberta with his emotionally unavailable parents, and demons of his own. They have next to nothing in common except a need for someone to share what they are going through.

The book is written in the form of letters, with the chapters alternating between characters as the letters go back and forth. The reader comes to know and care about each of the characters.

This is a beautifully written page turner. I couldn't put it down. I just had to know how the one character would respond to the other's last letter. To know if things would turn out well, or if another stumbling block would be found. Highly recommended.


R.P. MacIntyre said...

Dear Mad

What a lovely summary. Thanks for kind words.

R.P. MacIntyre

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