Alice Bliss

Alice Bliss

Book - 2011
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When Alice Bliss learns that her father 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.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022786
Branch Call Number: FIC HARRING 2011
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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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