Lily is 15 and was born with a brain problem so she is retarded as her older sister Rose would say. Aster is surrounded by the teenagers that seem to have never made a mistake and she is also surrounded by those that seem to make mistakes on purpose. She sets out to prove to her parents that they are capable of taking care of Lilys special needs if only they used more patience and love. Aster wanted to go out on dates and be able to live a life like a normal teenager. In the end, I decided to give it 3. But she is surprised that he likes Lily and she starts to think he is the one. But the characters were nicely done, and the premise was a fresh take on family, stress, and life.
But can she ever get her parents to start acting like adults? I enjoyed reading about how the main character learns to stand up for herself, how to become more independent and share her emotions with her distant mother. And Aster's dad left them and got remarried. At seventeen, she'd like to date, hang with friends, maybe even find a summer job. I found this book surprisingly engaging. There are too many kids living down in the dumps and this book could inspire them. She always held onto her morals and beliefs even when she was persecuted.
It's not that Aster doesn't love Lily--it's just that for once she'd like to be able to be a normal teenager. I thisnk they will be able to relate to Aster in many ways and feel a sense of togetherness with her. I wish this was part of a series - there are so few books out there that deal with characters who have mentally challenged siblings Riding the Bus with my Sister comes to mind. It was very insightful and shows a realistic life of someone dealing with a mentally challenged child but also with a happy ending. Well, it's so true I'm saying it again. It's full of laugh out loud moments, awkward moments, and touching moments.
Her teen books are my favorite by far, though. Her mom Just another Girl By: Melody Carlson Published 2009 Fiction The main character Aster is a middle child that has to do everything for her younger sister Lily. I think the most funny charecter in this book is Lily. But one thing is niggling at the back of Aster's mind. I have worked for the past eight years with people who have developmental disabilities and I have clients of various ages and levels of disability. But things are about to change. Aster's oldest sister, Rose, was also a selfish and narcissistic character that I didn't care for at all.
Afte This book I really enjoyed! Is Owen really the person she wants to be spending her time with? The spiritual thread in the story was tight and fit the setting, but did not overwhelm the plot. Another thing that I liked about this book was the fact that in the end, Aster found the guts to break up with Owen. Aster seems like your typical teenager: goes to high school, gets good grades, has friends, and a crush on a cute boy. I get to run away from my dreary little life for a few hours. At 17, she's been responsible for the care of her younger sister, Lily, for quite a few years, but now she's wanting to have a life of her own where she doesn't always have to have Lily tagging along with her.
I am a fan of most of Ca Just Another Girl by Melody Carlson is the story of Aster, the middle sister, trapped between selfish Rose and dependent Lily. She is responsible for caring for her fifteen-year-old handicapped sister, Lily. Email addresses are collected only for subscription to our mailing list or for giveaways and at your discretion. They all hang out and celebrate Asters birthday. Being a teenager can be hard. Still it was a book designed to make you think a little bit, and was entertaining.
These services will help people better take care of their family member. So when a cute popular guy seems to take an interest in her, Aster hatches a plan. She did not help with Lily in the slightest bit. It's not that Aster doesn't love Lily--it's just that for once she'd like to be able to be a normal teenager. The author also showed the family's dysfunction well.
But will her family get in her way? Just when it seems she's on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Then throw in that her older sister is beyond materialistic, her dad is a no-show, and her mom a work-a-holic. Overall, it was a good book. I was very impressed with how the author didn't try to be politically correct, but showed exactly how real people feel at times when dealing with such challenging behavior and the often overwhelming responsibility for another person. The time period was important, because it related to the struggles of a modern teenage girl. While this book takes on teenage romance and family problems, it adds God into the scenario—something I do not always and freely read from teen fiction.
Plot Summary Aster Flynn spent all of her spare time taking care of her sister, Lily. A part of myself feels very influenced by Aster, knowing that if she can survive such a thing, then my issues really might be manageable as well. Will Aster ever g 5. She seems to possess a maturity beyond her years in some ways taking care of her younger sister for one and also in feeling the need to help others. It's not that Aster doesn't love Lily it's just that for once she'd like to be able to be a normal teenager. I loved to read about someone so similar to me.
I do think Aster deserves to have a life of her own in addition to helping to take care of her sister, but I don't admire the way she goes about obtaining it. Now I don't absolutely postively love it, but it's pretty darn close. Her parents are divorced, her father doesn't pay child support and doesn't visit, and their mom works all the time. I have found another author that I really enjoy. Aster Flynn is pretty much a modern day Cinderella except without the evil step-mom and stepsisters.