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Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

Hurt Go Happy (2006)

by Ginny Rorby

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Ok. I understand the worthy story of "rescuing" a wild animal from the evils of medical research. But for Heaven's sake, isn't the whole ethical issue about denying a chimpanzee the ability to socialise with its own species rather than trying to turn it into a pseudo human? Everything in this novel feels false - Ruth's character who waxes and wanes and then has an epiphany; the invisible Ray; Charlie, who should know better about assimilating wild animals into their own environments, and who puts an unfair burden on Joey when he dies; and Joey herself. Too long, too slow, too sentimental. Maybe I'm too harsh? ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
This may be my favorite YA read so far! This is about a deaf girl, Joey, whose mother doesn't want her to learn to sign; she meets a man whose parents were deaf, so he is able to teach his pet chimpanzee to sign; then Joey begins a friendship with the chimpanzee through sign language -- well, it's hard to describe, but I could hardly put it down! I highly recommend it for any age! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
Joey is thirteen when this story begins, and she has lost her hearing due to a beating by her father when she is six years old. She now lives with her mother, stepfather, and young brother. Both she and her mother are still trying to deal with their tragic life with her father. Her mother refuses to let Joey learn any sign language, believing she is better off just learning to lip read. It takes her friend and neighbor, Charlie, to convince her mother what a disservice this is to Joey. Her mother slowly relents, realizing how isolated Joey is from the rest of the world without a more effective means of communication. Joey falls in love with Sukari, a signing chimpanzee that lives with Charlie, and she eventually goes to great lengths to save Sukari from an animal testing lab after Charlie's death.
Very sad book - made me cry and cry and cry, and cry hard. Author does a good job of illustrating how Joey "hears" others. She uses regular text for spoken word, showing gaps where Joey was not able to lip read; she uses bold text for notes that are written out for Joey; and she uses capitol letters for signed communication. This makes it much easier to follow just how people (and chimps) are communicating with her. ( )
  michellebarton | Nov 18, 2014 |
Well written and very interesting topic. The book examines animal cruelty in a very heartfelt way. ( )
  geniemagik | Dec 5, 2013 |
Joey is deaf, living with her mother, stepfather, and brother in California, when she meets an elderly man with an adopted chimpanzee who can speak sign language. The relationship that blossoms between the deaf girl and the adopted chimpanzee is the core of the book. The book goes beyond describing what it is like to be an outsider, whether you are a human or an animal. It touches on what it takes to truly communicate with another soul. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
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Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she's been deaf since the age of six, Joey's mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails.

Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate, and Joey secretly begins to learn to sign. Spending time with Charlie and Sukari, Joey has never been happier. She even starts making friends at school for the first time. But as Joey's world blooms with possibilities, Charlie's and Sukari's choices begin to narrow--until Sukari's very survival is in doubt.

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When thirteen-year-old Joey Willis, deaf since the age of six, meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his chimpanzee Sukari, who use sign language, her world blooms with possibilities but that of the chimp begins to narrow.

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