Set in Newfoundland, One for Sorrow chronicles a pivotal year in the life of Issy Heffernan, one of the most complex and appealing young heroines in YA fiction. Saddled with a mean and bedridden mother; an older, increasingly bitter schoolmarm of a sister; and a lovely but mainly absent father, Issy dreams of leaving her miserable life behind for a life on the mainland, maSet in Newfoundland, One for Sorrow chronicles a pivotal year in the life of Issy Heffernan, one of the most complex and appealing young heroines in YA fiction. Saddled with a mean and bedridden mother; an older, increasingly bitter schoolmarm of a sister; and a lovely but mainly absent father, Issy dreams of leaving her miserable life behind for a life on the mainland, maybe even in a big city such as Toronto.What reason is there for her to stay? But there's one thing holding her back: Issy is illiterate. She can't read at all and never could. How far can she really go?...
|Title||:||One for Sorrow: Tales from Cook's Cove|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
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One for Sorrow: Tales from Cook's Cove Reviews
Fed up with the monotony and dreariness of her life in a tiny Newfoundland village, Issy is counting the days until she turns 16. At that point, her plan is to take off to Toronto to discover the untold possibilities that the great, wide world might hold. And she knows she must make her move before her older sister Louise does, for then she would be trapped, looking after their bed-ridden and never-satisfied mother for who knows how long. However, as the big day draws slowly nearer, Issy’s life starts to change. Wish, the boy from down the road who had once been her closest friend, returns to Riverbank after a lengthy absence. At the same time, Beryl Peterson from her class befriends her, drawing her into plans for their upcoming graduation. Most importantly, Issy makes a life-changing discovery: she has an eye condition that has prevented her from seeing well enough to learn how to read! Knowing that her inability to read is not her fault gives Issy a whole new will to learn. Suddenly, as she begins to understand herself and those around her better, her desperate need to get away seems to waver. This book provides a richly evocative portrait of life in rural Newfoundland and of the hardy, colourful individuals who call it home. Most notable of these is Issy herself, whose self-effacing and unaffected nature helps her to unobtrusively work her way into reader’s affections. As she eventually starts to see the people in her life and the world around her more clearly, both literally and figuratively, she is able to develop a greater appreciation for their idiosyncrasies and for why things are the way they are. This is a profound realization and an important reminder to readers of all ages. Issy’s story of growth and transformation is as quiet and unassuming as she herself is, but is nevertheless absorbing and satisfying — a delightful read.Reviewed by Lisa Doucet in Canadian Children's Book NewsWinter 2008 VOL.31 NO.1
- for some reason, when I read this in elementary school, I thought it was an awful book- it's not an awful book. - it is heavily laden with motifs and themes, though, and I understand how my younger self would have bypassed them and based the book on its slow pace and unappealing characters- about the characters: at least one thing irked me about all them. This is highly realistic, and the book is meant to be realistic and not fluffy chick lit at all.- about the themes/motifs: very much based on the body and the senses, which I now appreciate- quite liked this, actually (Issy's vision, her father's hearing, mother's agoraphobia) and I have no idea how I missed it reading it as a 12-year-old because it is very in-your-face- I think I mistook the physical transformation of Issy as extremely shallow/superficial when I was younger. I still don't think it was ENTIRELY necessary for her to lose weight, get contacts, be told by everyone how her physical attributes are more enhanced, but I understand how it is supposed to reflect her inner self as she gains confidence- I enjoyed Issy's 'spinster' sister's relationships
The reason I like this book is because it's unique. It's not just another romance fic, it's more real. Personally, I think of this book as something to read as just a pick up novel, but it's not really boring. Yes, it's more of a narrative book than a action-y book, but I think that's good for a quiet read. I like how the book doesn't completely focus on the romance aspect, but instead it answers if they get together or not at the end. I feel like the book left us on a cliffy, so I would've liked an epilogue. I love epilogues. :)i love all the characters in this book because they're all so different. What with Issy's sight problems, and her mother's laziness, and the one nice girl, and her father's hearing, I feel like it's all a great compilation. Plus the part where they make the dresses and worry over patterns reminds of old-fashioned stuff, which I like. It overall kind of gives you a blast to the past, but still with a modern twist. I would absolutely recommend this as a sitting by the fireplace novel, because it's not too long, but something that will actually capture your attention.
Liked the first book "Seven for a Secret" and enjoyed this one just as much. Canadian content (makes me proud!) and Newfoundland lifestyle - rings true. Satisfactory story for teen girls without the fuss and hype of usual teen angst novels. Characters have substance and quality. Have visited NFL so enjoyed this tale and included map very much. Will follow along with the next "Tales from Cook's Cove'.
Very good read. Love that it is based allIn a small town in Newfoundland and gets a good feel for life there.