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I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
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La historia no empezo bien, amor a primera vista. Pero luego a ido mejorando y me ha encantado. Emily la he visto un poco lenta y rarilla; y Sam demasiado perfecto en aspecto. Riddle me ha encantado como personaje y Bobby... le odio. ( )
  dieciseislunas | Jun 2, 2019 |
With her hypnotic writing, Holly Goldberg Sloan wrote this book with a different style than what I know of her writing abilitis. I was drawn to the book "I'll Be There," and I liked the different characters she created. Of course, like every good writer, the main characters must be "brave, beautiful and intelligent" and this is usually a bit annoying. ( )
  jackBROWN22 | Feb 6, 2019 |
As in the book Counting by 7s Holly writes about difficult topics and children - this trauma also passes to the reader. On the other hand, Holly writes lovely - she can hypnotize the reader with her perfect words.
I was drawn to this book and very much liked the different characters she had created.
Of course, like every good writer, the main characters must be "brave, beautiful and intelligent" and this is usually a bit annoying but in light of the story and the writing - I don't see this as a severe problem. ( )
  bookloverreview | Jan 15, 2019 |
I was obsessed with this book once I got into it and could not put it down. The writing seemed a little bit off at the beginning, but once I got sucked into the story I didn't care, and now I can't even remember why the writing bothered me at the beginning. And, I might add, I have had the song I'll Be There stuck in my head for 2 days now. Luckily it's a great song! I think it is very cool that it plays an integral part in the story and wasn't just a random title for the book.

This is one of those books that has it all. Pathos, romance, humor, wilderness survival, high school drama and spine-tingling suspense. My feelings were all over the place with this one. My heart broke for Sam and Riddle on just about every page. I was so furious with their father that I desperately wanted a fatal accident to befall him. I wanted to hug Tom and Debbie Bell for their kind and wise parenting. I was very nervous about the oily Bobby Ellis, yet he made me laugh over and over again. (Kind of envisioning a Carrie prom king scene for a brief moment.)

One thing I loved about this book is that it begins with a story about how everything is connected and how minor incidents can change the course of major life events. Then the book ends with different paragraphs about very secondary characters and how their lives were changed by the minor interactions they had with our main characters. That was really interesting. It makes you think about what minor incidents have changed the course of your own life.

My one drawback was that there were very few instances where we were able to see Sam and Emily's connection. We were told there was a deep connection, but had very little to go on to see that for ourselves. However, that was a minor quibble. I definitely recommend this book and I think it will have a huge readership at our library.

Areas of concern: (This was a really clean read for a young adult novel with intense situations. I was impressed.)
*About 4 or 5 uses of the *d* word.
*An incredibly abusive and neglectful father.
*Intense survival scenes.
*Talk of going to the Motel 6 after prom, but the main character leaves after this is mentioned.
*A few mild kisses.
*A best friend tells the main character that she needs to hook up with a guy.
*A stalker who ingratiates himself into the main character's life.

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  Bduke | Apr 1, 2016 |
Raised by an unstable father who keeps the family constantly on the move, Sam Border hasn't been in a classroom since the second grade. He's always been the rock for his younger brother Riddle, who stopped speaking long ago and instead makes sense of the world through his strange and intricate drawings. It's said that the two boys speak with one voice--and that voice is Sam's. Then, Sam meets Emily Bell, and everything changes. The two share an immediate and intense attraction, and soon Sam and Riddle find themselves welcomed into the Bell's home. Faced with normalcy for the first time, they know it's too good to last. Told from multiple perspectives, Holly Goldberg Sloan's debut novel offers readers fresh voices and a gripping story, with vivid glimpses into the lives of many unique characters. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I'll Be There is a story about connections both big and small, and deftly explores the many ways that our lives are woven together ( )
  lillibrary | Jan 23, 2016 |
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For Gary Rosen... who is always there. And for Max, Calvin, Madeline, and Alex... who are my inspiration.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316122793, Hardcover)

Emily Bell believes in destiny. To her, being forced to sing a solo in the church choir--despite her average voice--is fate: because it's while she's singing that she first sees Sam. At first sight, they are connected.

Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there's nowhere for him to run. He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives constantly uprooted by their unstable father. That is, until Sam sees Emily. That's when everything changes.

As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells' lives, they witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time. But when tragedy strikes, they're left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness, and wondering if they'll ever find a place where they can belong. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I'll Be There is a gripping story that explores the complexities of teenage passions, friendships, and loyalties.

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Raised by an unstable father who keeps constantly on the move, Sam Border has long been the voice of his silent younger brother, Riddle, but everything changes when Sam meets Emily Bell and, welcomed by her family, the brothers are faced with normalcy for the first time.… (more)

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