Imperfect Spiral

Imperfect Spiral Danielle Snyder s summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey the five year old boy she s watching runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football Immediately Danielle

  • Title: Imperfect Spiral
  • Author: Debbie Levy
  • ISBN: 9780802734419
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Danielle Snyder s summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, the five year old boy she s watching, runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football Immediately Danielle is caught up in the machinery of tragedy police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumentedDanielle Snyder s summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, the five year old boy she s watching, runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football Immediately Danielle is caught up in the machinery of tragedy police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien, outsiders use the accident to further a politically charged immigration debate Wanting only to mourn Humphrey, the sweet kid she had a surprisingly strong friendship with, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her Through a new relationship with Justin, a boy she meets at the park, she begins to work through her grief, but as details of the accident emerge, much is not as it seems It s time for Danielle to face reality, but when the truth brings so much pain, can she find a way to do right by Humphrey s memory and forgive herself for his death a heartfelt drama that touches on the themes of friendship, love, fear, and death Readers will find a relevant and inspiring story ALAN Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE Picks Levy s unflinching look at pain is masterful The narrative fluidly moves from lighter moments with Humphrey to the darkness of grief, avoiding false sentimentality Kirkus Reviews The discussion of real issues is deftly woven into the story, never overshadowing the protagonist s journey toward healing This book is sure to be a hit among teens seeking a substantive drama School Library Journal a story of love and loss deepened by the protagonist s inspiring development from someone afraid of conflict into someone who can stand up for what she believes is right The Horn Book

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    1. I received an e-copy of Imperfect Spiral from Net Galley. All opinions are my own. I did not receive compensation, monetary or otherwise, for my review.Imperfect Spiral is the kind of book I love to read. To say it was artfully arranged would be an understatement. The story revolves around Humphrey Danker and his babysitter, Danielle. What started out as a fun evening in the park ends in tragedy when Humphrey is struck and killed by a vehicle while walking home. What happens next is a perfect ex [...]

    2. I received this advanced copy from the publisher at the TLA Annual Conference. For teens who enjoy realistic fiction "problem novels," this book is now at the top of my list. The characterization is spot on, the unlikely friendship between Danielle and Humphrey is well-developed, and the plot has enough twists to engage most readers. I cried A LOT while reading it, mostly because Levy captured incredibly well the spirit of a smart, sensitive, five year old boy. Danielle's memories of Humphrey ar [...]

    3. I'm having a hard time deciding between giving this book four, or five stars. It was a really great story, despite how sad the description might sound. Especially for a book about a girl who had to go through the loss of the five-year-old she used to babysit, the whole tone was surprisingly positive, which I really appreciated. Obviously there were sad parts, but it was so realistic in the way that, even when you're mourning, there are moments everywhere that let you laugh, and be happy, and for [...]

    4. I absolute loved this. It was a short and easy read and it made me cry way more times than I should have. You can really feel how much the main character Danielle loved the little boy Humphrey she had babysat even after his death. To me this book was adorably sweet and also extremely sad at the same time. Almost every time I read a flashback about Danielle and Humphrey it almost brought tears to my eyes.

    5. In the book, Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy, the main themes were friendship and difficulties. The book is mainly about the story of a little boy named Humphrey T. Danker and his teenage babysitter, Danielle Snyder. I truly enjoyed reading every last word and did not want the story to end. I thought this book was very well written and had many interesting plot twists. In this book, Humphrey and his babysitter are walking home from the park when he runs into the street and gets struck by a car. [...]

    6. WARNING! Stock up on tissues for this onePERFECT SPIRAL by Debbie Levy combines the tragic death of a wonderful five year old boy, the guilt of a teenage babysitter, and illegal immigration into a hypnotizing page-turner.Little Humphrey Danker is hit and kill by a blue van on his way home from the park. His babysitter Danielle is crushed. She is assured by everyone, including Humphrey's parents, that the accident was not her fault, but as the weeks and months pass, she can't believe how much she [...]

    7. Danielle Snyder's babysitting job takes a turn when the boy she babysits, Humphrey, gets hit by oncoming traffic when she is watching him. She is directly hit with the pain of having someone in her life that was very close to her, die. Becoming caught up with the police and neighborhood witnesses, Danielle only wants to mourn for the sweet boy she took care of. The situation becomes was overwhelming for Danielle and she tries to avoid the world around her. She meets a boy named Justin at a park [...]

    8. Oh my gosh. This book is so good! It is really clean and I cried! Its so sad. It's about a five-year-old boy and his babysitter and her struggle to get over his freak-accident that ended up with his death.

    9. I had high hopes for this book, and sadly I just didn't feel the emotion. The only thing in this book I enjoyed were the flash backs with Humphrey, and that's pretty much it. I tried really hard to enjoy this book, but I couldn't.

    10. Loved this book and each and every character in it. I have so many 6th grade girls ask for sad books and this one fits that request without being overly sentimental.

    11. This was a great story, did I adore it? Not really, although it didn't mean it wasn't a good book.Imperfect Spiral brings a serious tragedy into place. Danielle is a 15 years old girl morning the lost of her "babysittee" as he would call her, Humphrey. Hit by a car, the little 5 years old boy bring much more than just a funeralThis book actually brings us many many problems to our attention. Illegal Immigration and Safety before anything else. It does show us life, friendship, family, courage, d [...]

    12. This book made me cry! Even though I cry pretty easily when a book gets even a tad bit emotional, and I love to cry over fictional characters, towards the end I was brought to tears. It wasn't a perfect story, it did have its ups and downs, but it genuinely moved me to tears. The conflict, tragedy, characters It was all so real and raw, and Levy brought the story to life with her easy style of writing and her plot. I always like to think that, even though a book may not reach over 3 stars or be [...]

    13. It was a good book overall. There is a lot going on in this story: trauma, grief, blame/guilt, immigration issues, family dynamics, cancer, friend dynamics. Strangely none of the things never step in each other's toes but rather weave together very nicely. Guilt and grieving are handled very, very well, such that I was very engaged through most of the book.The end dips off a bit, however, not totally capturing my engagement between the climax of the novel and the last chapter (which is quite nic [...]

    14. This is a great book on a person even just a young girl copes with the loss of a love one. How she tries to find a reason for his death and try to make peace with him and his family. I love how the entire book is connected from the beginning.

    15. Loved it! Not as sad as I had heard. Perfect to pair with Refugee by Alan Gratz because of the immigration sub-plot.

    16. This quickly became an engaging book for me and I found it hard to put down. The structure is well navigated and I love how there is still an underlying simple tone despite all that happens.

    17. View the full review here:iswimforoceans/2013/07Danielle loved Humphrey like a little brother. He's fun, he's sweet and he never really gives her any trouble at all. But Danielle could never have guessed the tragedy that would unfold, cutting Humphrey's life short and, effectively, ending her innocence. Trapped in a web of grief and pain, Danielle doesn't see a way out until she meets a boy that might be able to make it clearer what exactly happened that day. But the memories hurt just as much a [...]

    18. Every once in awhile a book comes along that captures me so completely and moves me in such surprising ways. A book that still hasn't left my thoughts even days or weeks after it's been read. Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy is one of those books. This isn't a perfect book (do those even exist?!), but I love it for everything it is and everything it isn't.Fourteen year old Danielle Snyder spends the summer before high school as a babysitter for five year old Humphrey. Danielle and Humphrey make a [...]

    19. Imperfect Spiral is about the aftermath of a tragic accident, which Danielle's charge Humphrey is killed in. As their neighbourhood reels from the accident and starts to search for someone to blame, be it the fact that the street is too dark or that it were immigrants who don't exactly have a legal status, Danielle feels disconnected with everything that's happening. All she wants is for someone to ask her what Humphrey meant to her and who he was. At the same time, she feels too raw to even spe [...]

    20. Have you ever read a book that sticks in your mind for months? Like, when you see something happen, the first thing you have to say is, "Oh! That reminds me of the main character in" Or, "That's like when" That's what this book did to me. It glued itself into my mind with all of its fantastic characters and really intriguing storyline and stayed there, reminding me of all the conflicts and characters that were introduced to me. I found this novel when I had to look for a new summer reading book [...]

    21. Danielle is a teenager who is trying to figure out just who she is, and who she isn't. The choice to stay in the city for the summer and babysit just one child, as opposed to going to camp to be a CIT for several kids, changes her life forever. Shy and uncomfortable talking to groups of people, the perfect solution seems to be caring for a deliciously precocious 5-year old, Humphrey. Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy is more than just a story to read and then set aside, it deals with real issues t [...]

    22. I would give this book a 3.5. This was an endearing story about the struggles a young girl goes through after the five year-old boy she was babysitting is struck and killed by a car. While her story tugs at your heart the book pulls in the controversial issues of immigration almost forcefully and felt over shadowing in the resolution of the story.

    23. Imperfect Spiral is the story of love and loss. Danielle was baby-sitting 5 year old Humphrey when tragedy strikes; he is hit by a car and killed. Danielle is not responsible for the accident, however, the guilt she feels leaves her feeling it is her fault. Also, Humphrey's family also blames Danielle to an extent. The community addresses the situation of the road and presses for a sidewalk and lights on the street. Danielle is pressed to talk at the hearing, but suffers from a severe fear of pu [...]

    24. I'm giving away an ARC of this right here : happybookloversblog/20Levy tackled the process of grief and tragedy so well. I was amazed at how deep this book went into Danielle's summer and dealing with the loss of Humphrey, as well as battling through all the town's feelings and opinions on the matter. The book begins about 40 seconds after the accident, with Danielle experiencing everything as if it's in slow motion. From there, we see her life after the accident mixed with chapters of her adven [...]

    25. Heartbreaking, poignant, and utterly sweet, Imperfect Spiral is a quiet book that showcases the subtle awesomeness of debut author Debbie Levy. I was hooked from beginning to end as I wandered down the path with Danielle as she struggled to grow up and find herself in the face of an unthinkable tragedy and the fallout that resulted.As someone who frequently babysat neighborhood kids growing up, what happens to Danielle is easily worst-case scenario. I think that’s why I was able to so quickly [...]

    26. Most people in their life span experience some kind of tragedy. Something so awful that at that particular moment in time they don't know if it is real or if they dreamed it up. It changes their life entirely and most often they are never the same. This story is about one such awful event that happened to a teenage girl named Danielle; who decided to take a babysitting job for the summer. This summer job turns into a pleasant experience as she becomes very close to her charge. However, her babys [...]

    27. Now that my 3-week exam has ended and a long holidays approaching, I could get back to reading for awhile. Yay for me and the poor books in the shelf for not being read by the owner frequently. Okay back to the book, I'm delighted to say that I'm now open to realistic-fiction-kind genre. To be honest, I'd only read romance, historical fiction, romance, fantasy, horror, mystery and YA. You know right when you want to reach out to other sort of genres you rarely or never read before. It comes to m [...]

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