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You'd Be Home Now

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My God, how do I start this review!! I had a million words and they have left me…… this author, every time! kathleen glasgow’s writing is beautiful. some of the quotes in here had me questioning my entire existence. she writes unlikeable characters that you can still root for, and love, because you see yourself in each and every one of them. from the overbearing mother, to the helpless sister: you relate to their thoughts. that’s talent right there. Again, you will go through a never-ending roller coaster of feelings with this book guys. I can only warn you so much. Maybe there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe there isn't. I don't want to spoil anything about the journey someone may or may not have to take. Just know that it's beautiful and hard to look away from. For all of Emory's life she's been told who she is. In town she's the rich one--the great-great-granddaughter of the mill's founder. At school she's hot Maddie Ward's younger sister. And at home, she's the good one, her stoner older brother Joey's babysitter. Everything was turned on its head, though, when she and Joey were in the car accident that killed Candy MontClaire. The car accident that revealed just how bad Joey's drug habit was. Glasgow’s books are always sure to take an emotional toll, but they are an important addition to the YA realm. The issues are hard-hitting, important topics, and I hope that these stories will make it into the hands that need them.

The book brought up many issues that my daughter and I tussled with with during HER high school years (issues that I suspect EVERY parent with teenagers go through). My daughter is an only child, unlike Emory, the youngest sister in this story who seemed to be responsible for her older brother. My daughter only had to be responsible for herself. While reading this book, I saw myself in the mother, Abigail (that isn’t a good thing). Abigail is demanding, pushy and as Emory describes her, “controlling.” Abigail is efficient. She makes plans. Plans for herself and for everyone else. She wants those plans to be carried out NOW and wants everything to be done well. She’s a serious Type A. Somehow Emory ends up taking responsibility for her brother. She has to shadow him when he goes to his PT job at a hoagie shop, they are in different grades in the same school and except for when they are in class, they are supposed to be together at all times, she shadows him when he goes to rehab meetings. Emory has NO life of her own, except for the major crush she has on Gage, the senior who lives next door. Mill Haven wants everyone to live one story, but Emmy's beginning to see that people are more than they appear. Her brother, who might not be "cured," the popular guy who lives next door, and most of all, many "ghostie" addicts who haunt the edges of the town. People spend so much time telling her who she is--it might be time to decide for herself.It's a teen drama without any entertainment value, likeability or sense of purpose a majority of the time. It's steeped in melodrama with absolutely nothing special to make it stand out. While reading this I kept wondering what exactly was the angle here? What made the story of Emory so special it needed to be told? And since this is a Teen Read selection, why should a teen consider this good literature?

White Feminist character has also become shorthand for 'not like other girls'. How hard would it have been for Liza to keep fighting the patriarchy in a mini skirt? Why did she have to eschew all overt signs of femininity to establish she's a feminist character? The male gaze is inescapable and none of your choices exist in a vacuum. Might as well wear a mini skirt if you feel like it. Kathleen Glasgow explores the ways in which we hide from ourselves—formulate false assumptions, project judgments onto others—breakdown as individuals, as family, and as community…. You'd Be Home Now made me feel all sorts of emotions. Definitely wasn't expecting to end up in a puddle at all. Everything about Emory and Joey was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Their unique bond completely drew me in and then everything else nearly broke my heart strings.

it’s been a really long time since i’ve had a five star read. i’ve been struggling to find books i truly like, and i went into this not knowing what to expect. it wasn’t until i reached the ending, and sat with my annotations for a while, that i realized i found one of my new favorite books. finally, something that made me forget i was reading. Now for the parental relationships, that was difficult, since Emory had a complicated relationship with both of her parents, where her mom is super strict and overwhelming, while her dad isn't around a lot. The journey through the book shows how Emory heals her relationships with her parents and I loved that part so much.

The plot: The book is about Emmy and her brother Joey who got in a car accident. It's a story about addiction and how it affects everyone, not just the addict. I don't know what else to say since I forgot 90% of what happened. Finally, for the sibling one, I LOVED Joey and Emory's connection. If they could talk to no one else, they could always talk to each other, and if one of them was hurting, the other would feed off those emotions. I love how they were so devoted and loving towards each other and how Emory helped Joey so much in his recovery journey. In her gripping tale of an addict-adjacent teen and the fragile ecosystem she inhabits, Kathleen Glasgow expands our hearts and invites in a little more humanity." What will happen now, though? Emory adores her brother Jeremey and desires for his well-being. Will she, however, forget about herself? Her own problems? When school starts, what will happen? What will her classmates say? Is her brother ever going to be the same again? What happens if he does have a relapse?year-old Emory "Emmy" Ward is the girl that nobody notices- neither at home or at school. Emmy isn't beautiful, outgoing and bold like her older sister Maddie nor is she troubled and defiant like her beloved brother Joey who consumes all of their parents' attention as a result of his drug use. After a terrible car accident in which Emmy is badly injured and another girl died, Joey is sent to rehab. Emmy knows that nothing will be the same again. She also has her own secrets and her own ways of coping with the chaos in her life...

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