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Black Box by Julie Schumacher

Black Box

by Julie Schumacher

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A young adult novel that looks at how dealing with the clinical depression of a young girl affects the entire family, told through the eyes of a younger sister. Some very moving and "true-feeling" scenes, mixed in with some unrealistic (to me) wise-and-articulate dialogue makes for a generally thoughtful and sensitive portrait of what it feels like when you want to help someone and don't know how. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
Fast read. Good for teens to read. I really liked it ( )
  valerieeew | Aug 27, 2015 |
From the very first pages of this deeply emotional and engaging young adult novel, readers are plunged into the depths of adversity and drama. Elena’s seemingly ordinary life spirals down a steep slope of sadness, uncertainty, and instability when her older sister, Dora, is hospitalized for severe depression. With her family in a state of crisis and her social world collapsing in loneliness and isolation, Elena must shoulder the immense burden—at any cost—to restore normalcy and balance. Schumacher artfully embeds accurate depictions of depression throughout insightful descriptions of the bond of sisterhood, fragility of family life, and teenage tribulations. The short chapters of this relatively quick read (~160 pages)—ranging in length from a few pages to a single striking line—parallel Elena’s jarring environment and tug the reader along with a sense of gripping urgency. ( )
  paulavev | Dec 3, 2012 |
Two sisters, one with depression and one dealing with her sister's depression. ( )
  bookwoman137 | Aug 4, 2011 |
This is a powerful read, and a true peek into the world of depression and how it effects other people.
Elena is strong, and it is hard to experience her sister's depression and the fallout, but it is such an important topic. She makes some mistakes, and it shows good things to do and not to... As relating to her sister, her family, and keeping her life outside of Dora going. It is such a hard balance.
Jimmy is a great addition, and even though I began to suspect his big secret, I really loved how he stepped up and was there for Elena.
This is a quick and poignant read that I def recommend.
  brandileigh2003 | Jul 18, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385735421, Hardcover)

WHEN DORA, ELENA’S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy Zenk—who failed at least one grade and wears blackevery day of the week. And at home, Elena’s parents keep arguing with each other. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal—even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear.

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When her sixteen-year-old sister is hospitalized for depression and her parents want to keep it a secret, fourteen-year-old Elena tries to cope with her own anxiety and feelings of guilt that she is determined to conceal from outsiders.

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