LISTEN TO YOUR HEART by Arlene Hale

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Teenagers Robin Merrill and her brother Bruce are forced to face the tragedy of their mother's death and continue their lives as normally as possible. Despite the additional responsibility of maintaining the household, Robin manages to keep her high school grades high and to lead an adequate social life. The thorn in her side is her moody, temperamental and gifted brother whose cynicism toward life is beginning to spread out to his talent as an artist. Robin's main desire is to make peace between her father and Bruce and in some small way recreate the kind of family that used to be. Her discovery that her father has been seeing another woman destroys her faith in these goals and like Bruce she too gives way to cynicism and anger. The shock of an accident which hospitalizes Mr. Merrill and the wisdom of an understanding teacher set both children on the right path toward revaluation and a new and different family life. The strength of the story lies in both children's realistic reactions to the original tragedy and their behavior in its aftermath. Its flaw lies in a metamorphosis that occurs only within Robin and Bruce, not within a weak and ineffectual father. Like so many stories for teenagers, a potentially sound idea is down by an overabundance of sentimentality.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1962
Publisher: Messner