A Closer Look

A Closer Look High school freshman and rising track star Cassie s body is turning against her She has alopecia areata a hair loss condition While desperate to conceal her rapidly changing appearance Cassie must de

  • Title: A Closer Look
  • Author: Karen DelleCava
  • ISBN: 9780985344122
  • Page: 233
  • Format: ebook
  • High school freshman and rising track star Cassie s body is turning against her She has alopecia areata a hair loss condition While desperate to conceal her rapidly changing appearance, Cassie must deal with a cruel, competitive teammate, her former teen model mother and her first major crush In her quest to find a way to just fit in, this fleet footed teen must alsoHigh school freshman and rising track star Cassie s body is turning against her She has alopecia areata a hair loss condition While desperate to conceal her rapidly changing appearance, Cassie must deal with a cruel, competitive teammate, her former teen model mother and her first major crush In her quest to find a way to just fit in, this fleet footed teen must also take a closer look at the meaning of friendship, family and forgiveness.

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    1. A Closer Look is one of the most poignant novels I’ve read in a long time. Cassie Donovan handles a medical challenge with grace, spirit, and the most amazing sense of humor. This book made me laugh and cry, but mostly it made me root for the strong and courageous Cassie. Well-drawn characters jump off the page. Everyone will identify with the interpersonal dynamics between friends, family and boyfriends. The relationship between the perfect mother and the not-so-perfect daughter made a real i [...]

    2. I found out about this book because one of my customers at work is actually the author. The fact that she was an author was brought up in conversation and you know how it is as a book blogger/lover. You find out someone has a novel and you get that giddy feeling inside and you want to know everything! What is the book about, what was the process like? Was it scary putting your thoughts and your creation out there for the world to see? But I was at work of course so I could only chat for a little [...]

    3. Originally posted at: aurorareviews/201Cassie's story is one that is truly inspiring for all ages. At the age where she is just starting to discover boys and have a sense of independence, Cassie must also deal with her hair falling out sporadically. With such a delicate subject, I knew from the first page this story would be riveting. At times, I was so sad thinking about everything this young girl had to go through. While it may sound vain, my hair has always been my crowning glory. So while re [...]

    4. 3.5 out of 5 ratingMy heart just broke for Cassie. I cannot imagine having to start high school and get used to all the quirks of being a freshman and have to deal with losing all of your hair too. Yes, I know that there are far worse things than losing your hair, but at an age where looks are important, this must have been devastating.For some reason, I just couldn't really get into Cassie. I'm not sure if it was the way she was written or her personality or what. But I really loved Tara! Every [...]

    5. Cassie is losing her hair. It turns out she has alopecia, a disease where her body rejects any hair growth. When she was three there was an outbreak to which she was almost completely bald, but it grew back and she was fine for several years in between. Now it has started again. What will Cassie do if she is bald again? How can she face Tommy, the cute sax player that's finally asked her out? And what will people think of her? Okay, I understand that this book is supposed to be about losing your [...]

    6. Cassie’s struggle to accept that she has alopecia, a condition that causes her to lose her hair, brought back memories of an elementary school classmate that lost her hair. I remember being scared for my friend, and asking what was wrong. And I also vividly remember her response. She was upset that I asked. We were children, but that exchange stayed with me all these years. I suspect that she, like Cassie, was dealing with alopecia. I applaud Karen DelleCava for tackling such a sensitive subje [...]

    7. This is a wonderfully poignant book about a teenage girl named Cassie who in addition to dealing with the normal challenges of growing up in suburbia, has alopecia, a disease that causes her hair to fall out prematurely. When this happens to Cassie she is just starting high school, getting a boyfriend, and starting track. In a society and an age group focused on looking good, Cassie must deal with the stigma of being not just different but "ugly." Cassie is a heroine you completely root for from [...]

    8. Inspiring to the very end! A Closer Look takes us through Cassie's very emotional journey of living with alopecia. A disease that causes mild to total hair loss.This is Cassie's freshmen year in high school and things are look bright especially when she see's "first kiss" Tommy at the Battle of the Bands. Reuniting with a crush seem like the perfect start for the new year but her alopecia starts to progress pretty quickly and she has no clues what to do. Thank goodness for her best friends Tara! [...]

    9. This book is definitely one that will reach students of all ages. The idea that Cassie has to face her peers with the threat of losing hair at a time when she would already naturally feel insecure because of her age would really resonate with them. This story is very touching, very gripping, and very important for today's students. The issues that Cassie has to deal with make the reader really empathize with her since we all have areas that we are insecure about whether or not they are the same [...]

    10. omg teenage girls are like sooooooo annoying. maybe its from working with teenagers for so long, or maybe i've just lost touch with what it feels like to be a teenager, but the whining through the first half of this book was almost too much to bear. i get losing your hair must be traumatic, but she was flipping it out before it was even that bad. i had much more empathy for her towards the end. the mother was just terrible, i don't care if your mom was mean to you, get over it and be nice to you [...]

    11. As a mother of a teenage girl, I could certainly relate to Cassie and her struggle. The story line and characters intrigued me instantly. Honestly, I could not put the book down. This YA novel will certainly move your heart as you feel Cassie’s pain in attempting to accept the devastation she feels as her beautiful hair falls out in clumps, and then how she attempts to hide it from her peers and new boyfriend. Cassie’s mom as well as Tommy, her boyfriend, carried their own burdens which made [...]

    12. I truly enjoyed this book. This story played with all of my emotions and I was hooked by the first chapter. Alopecia is a disease that affects so many people and is rarely talked about. It was so heart wrenching to read about a 14 year old girl that not only has to deal with the issues of being a teenager but also has to deal with self-image issues that are outside the scope of issues everyone deals with in high school. I loved Cassie and all the support characters in the story. The ending was a [...]

    13. Wonderfully touching book about a girl starting high school with a good friend, a great running time in track and the tenuous budding of a her first love. But when Cassie comes face to face in the mirror with alopecia, a disease that makes her hair fall out, she has to battle all her demons not to lose everything and become an outcast.  Good pacing and suspense for a gutsy girl.  Plenty of family drama and one of the nastiest girl villains in a long time!  Read it and cheer!

    14. I really enjoyed this book. Imagine starting high school at the same time as your hair starts to fall out! The author captured Cassie emotions perfectly, and every teen can resonate with Cassie's troubles fitting in. An excellent Christmas present for the teen reader in your life.

    15. Good teen book - heartaching and healing at the same time - a teenage girl dealing with alopecia. I thought the main characters best friend was the best character in the book. And how the mother learns to share with the daughter.

    16. This gripping YA novel not only captures the true voice of a teen, but it brings to light a little-discussed issue that effects so many people. Anyone dealing with issues of appearance and their body (who isn't?) will find much to love and learn from Cassie's journey and discoveries. Bravo!

    17. What a delightful, heart-warming story. DelleCava tackles a challenging subject in a lighthearted, genuine way that had me turning pages quickly.

    18. The writing style didn't feel real at all! It sounded completely fake and no teenager talks like that. What teenage boy calls their dad "father"?

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