Cursed

By: Karol Ruth Silverstein

As if her parents’ divorce and sister’s departure for college weren’t bad enough, fourteen-year-old Ricky Bloom has just been diagnosed with a life-changing chronic illness. Her days consist of cursing everyone out, skipping school—which has become a nightmare—daydreaming about her crush, Julio, and trying to keep her parents from realizing just how bad things are. But she can’t keep her ruse up forever.
Ricky’s afraid, angry, alone, and one suspension away from repeating ninth grade when she realizes: she can’t be held back. She’ll do whatever it takes to move forward—even if it means changing the person she’s become. Lured out of her funk by a quirky classmate, Oliver, who’s been there too, Ricky’s porcupine exterior begins to shed some spines. Maybe asking for help isn’t the worst thing in the world. Maybe accepting circumstances doesn’t mean giving up.


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ISBN: 9781580899406

JLG Release: Sep 2019


Sensitive Areas: Homophobic slur, Mild sexual themes, Strong language, Underage drinking, Ableist slur, Sexual harassment
Topics: Juvenile arthritis , Rheumatoid arthritis , People with disabilities , Family problems , Schools , Friendship

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Recently diagnosed with arthritis, 14-year-old Ricky Bloom now lives in “the Batch Pad” with her dentist father and attends a new middle school in Philadelphia. Ricky begins “the Charade,” ditching school to avoid bullying and the pain of getting there. Instead she spends her time sleeping, taking hot baths, and daydreaming about Julio, a c Recently diagnosed with arthritis, 14-year-old Ricky Bloom now lives in “the Batch Pad” with her dentist father and attends a new middle school in Philadelphia. Ricky begins “the Charade,” ditching school to avoid bullying and the pain of getting there. Instead she spends her time sleeping, taking hot baths, and daydreaming about Julio, a cute drummer. Embarrassed by her pain and limitations, she prefers to keep to herself; the only person she chooses to see is her older sister Dani, a college basketball player who lives with her girlfriend of three years. When Ricky’s truancy is discovered, she risks having to repeat ninth grade, which would bring more unwanted attention to her already miserable, angry days. Back to school (for real this time), she finds unlikely support from an English teacher and an adorkable guy named Oliver, a cancer survivor. These relationships and a new doctor who listens to her provide Ricky a sense of hope, allowing her to become a better version of herself. Silverstein’s debut young adult novel is an accurate portrayal of the challenging relationship between parents and teens, as well as the frustration of living with a chronic illness. Readers will enjoy this contemporary coming-of-age story featuring a resilient protagonist and charming plot.

Book Details

ISBN

9781580899406

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

[Fic]

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Charlesbridge Teen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Homophobic slur, Mild sexual themes, Strong language, Underage drinking, Ableist slur, Sexual harassment

Topics

Juvenile arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, People with disabilities, Family problems, Schools, Friendship,

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