Books by Margie Gelbwasser

PIECES OF US by Margie Gelbwasser
Released: March 8, 2012

Two sets of deeply damaged siblings fall apart when their once-compartmentalized worlds of school and summer connect and crash. Read full book review >
INCONVENIENT by Margie Gelbwasser
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 10, 2010

Fifteen-year-old Alyssa, the daughter of Russian Jews who came to America when she was four, lives in suburban New Jersey, where on the surface everything is smooth. But behind closed doors, Alyssa's mother, who has multiple traits that never quite form a cohesive personality, is drinking and drinking and can't seem to stop. Alyssa's overworked engineer father views his daughter's problems, such as being late for school because her mother is too hungover to drive, as mere inconveniences. How Alyssa comes to terms with her mother's drinking is the crux of the novel, and to her credit, Gelbwasser doesn't make it simple or take the easy way out. Unfortunately, she clutters up this realistic, heartfelt story with ideas and subplots that fail to engage—e.g., one in which Alyssa's best friend tries to lose her Russian identity in order to join the cool clique seems oddly ancillary. However, the other important thread, Alyssa's growing attraction to fellow runner Keith, is stronger and better integrated, though readers will guess its strongly telegraphed surprise. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >