APART by R.P. MacIntyre


Age Range: 13 & up
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Contemporary teens living on opposite sides of Canada develop a close relationship as they correspond by snail mail. When 17-year-old Sween in Saskatchewan responds to a newspaper ad, he receives a letter from 16-year-old Jess in New Brunswick who’s looking for her missing father. The two lonely teens are soon writing letters and gradually a friendship forms. Sween’s letters fill Jess “with a good kind of light,” while Sween feels Jess is his “old bud.” Lacking focus, Sween resents his parents, is kicked out of his school and his home and suffers a breakdown. An ace student trying hard to earn a university scholarship, Jess must cope with an autistic brother, a fragile mother and a manipulative, conning father who threatens to send her brother away to a special school. While their personal lives fall apart, the letters keep them going. As their relationship intensifies, Sween and Jess inevitably must meet, but with surprising consequences. In an age of instant messaging and e-mails, this tender epistolary novel tells a timeless story about the shaping of a friendship. (Fiction. 13-18)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-88899-750-0
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Groundwood
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2007