Alice Bliss

Alice Bliss

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"Outside the back window Alice can see the outlines of the garden, some of the furrows visible under the snow, stretching away in long thin rows. She can't imagine doing the garden without her dad. It's his thing; she's always thought of herself as his assistant at best. She can't imagine doing anything without her dad and she starts to feel like she can't breathe. And then she looks at him. Just looks at him as he watches the fire with muffin crumbs on his lap.
'I'll write to you.'
'I know, sweetheart.'
'Every day.'"
--From Alice Bliss

When Alice Bliss learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq, she's heartbroken. Alice idolizes her father, loves working beside him in their garden, accompanying him on the occasional roofing job, playing baseball. When he ships out, Alice is faced with finding a way to fill the emptiness he has left behind.

Matt will miss seeing his daughter blossom from a tomboy into a full-blown teenager. Alice will learn to drive, join the track team, go to her first dance, and fall in love, all while trying to be strong for her mother, Angie, and take care of her precocious little sister, Ellie. But the smell of Matt is starting to fade from his blue shirt that Alice wears everyday, and the phone calls are never long enough.

Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving coming-of-age novel about love and its many variations--the support of a small town looking after its own; love between an absent father and his daughter; the complicated love between an adolescent girl and her mother; and an exploration of new love with the boy-next-door. These characters' struggles amidst uncertain times echo our own, lending the novel an immediacy and poignancy that is both relevant and real. At once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a transforming story about those who are left at home during wartime, and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022786
0670022780
Branch Call Number: FIC Harri
Characteristics: 306 pages

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EljayJohnson
Jul 21, 2019

Alice is going on 15 and her father, an Army reservist, has been called up to serve in Afghanistan (it's 2006). This coming-of-age novel is told mainly from Alice's POV, with occasional sections focused on other characters. I liked it and couldn't help but be emotionally affected by some of the events that unfold. However, there was one character - Alice's mom, Angie - so unlikable through most of the book that my annoyance hampered my enjoyment and appreciation, especially since I think the reader was supposed to empathize with Angie and not be downright disgusted by her. I have little patience for falling-apart mothers and don't particularly enjoy reading about a woman bailing on her children. However (again), Alice was a full and wonderfully written character and I'm glad I read her story.

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annem123
Jul 06, 2012

This is considered Young Adult fiction though it could easily pass as Adult fiction. This is incredibly well written. The POV is third person omniscient. That is hard to write. The writer doesn't overdo it and the reader knows who's POV is being discussed. The main character Alice is likeable and truly misses her father (who is a solider in Iraq). The surrounding characters are good people. What I especially liked about this book is that the characters are believable and normal - they are all dealing with Matt Bliss going to war. The only character I had issues with was the mother - Angie Bliss. She seemed weak and self-centered. Highly recommend this book for anyone who has family or friends in war.

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