Title: Waiting to forget
Author: Sheila Kelly Welch
Hardcover: 172 pages
Publishing Date: October 1, 2011
Goodreads Summary: T.J. has always looked out for his little sister, Angela. When Momma used to go out and leave them home alone, he’d lock the door so they’d be safe, keep Angela entertained, and get out the cereal and milk for her. When Momma’s boyfriend got angry at them, he’d try to protect Angela. Later, at their foster homes, T.J. was the only one who knew how to coax his little sister out of her bad moods. The only one who understood why she made origami paper cranes and threw them out the window.
But now T.J. is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, wondering if Angela, unconscious after a fall, will ever wake up. Wondering, too, if he will ever feel at home with his and Angela’s new parents—Marlene, who insists on calling him Timothy, and Dan, who seems to want a different son.
Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J.’s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward.
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My Views: This book made for a short and interesting read. It took me some time to get into the book because of its different presentation of now, then, and between then and now. But later I adapted to it.
I liked the concept behind the book and could see so many psychological aspects to the characters. I was almost analyzing and diagnosing them as I read.
The story is a bit sad but also a reality for many children. The narrative is told as seen through the eyes of 12 year old T.J. who reminisces his past and alternates between being present in the ‘present’ as he sits in the hospital waiting room. His innocence but also a keen perception of what goes around him is stunning. At times, he is shown ignorant as a 12 year old is but at other times, he is shown thinking like an adult.
There is a line from the book that I really liked – “T.J. tried to imagine what it would be like to have a piece of quiet. He pictured it being pale blue with swirls of mint green.”
Overall, this is a beautiful, heart-touching book and you will end up loving T.J.
Lovely author Sheila Kelly Welch is giving away a copy of her book Waiting to forget. If you are in the US, you can win a paperback. For INT, she is giving away an ecopy.
So everyone can enter for a chance to win this beautiful book.
Ends March 31.