Icy Sparks (Oprah's Book Club)

by Gwyn Hyman Rubio | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0142000205 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingNancyNovawing of Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on 5/31/2013
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, May 31, 2013
from the library book sale

Journal Entry 2 by wingNancyNovawing at Panera Bread in Audubon, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, October 06, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (10/6/2013 UTC) at Panera Bread in Audubon, Pennsylvania USA


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Journal Entry 3 by wingReallyBookishwing at Audubon, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, October 06, 2013
Received from NancyNova at today's meeting of the Audubon BookCrossers Club. Thanks!

I will probably add this one to the TBR pile. Looks good!

Journal Entry 4 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, October 24, 2016
It took me a long time to read this book. I read it in small chunks, often setting it aside to read other things. So... that tells you something right there.

The premise had potential. This novel is about a girl in rural Kentucky who has Tourette Syndrome. Unfortunately, for me, the book had a lot of problems that kept it from living up to its promise. The plot was disjointed and the characters, including the main character, never seemed real to me. I didn't feel that I truly understood Icy's emotions, motivations, goals, reactions, etc.

In addition, I didn't care for the writing style. This was a pick for the Oprah Book Club, so maybe I am just missing something, but this one didn't hit the mark for me.

Journal Entry 5 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, February 24, 2017
Reserving for the General Literature VBB.

Description from Amazon:

"A New York Times Notable Book and the March 2001 selection of Oprah's Book Club®!

Icy Sparks is the sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s beautifully written first novel revolves around Icy Sparks, an unforgettable heroine in the tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird or Will Treed in Cold Sassy Tree. At the age of ten, Icy, a bright, curious child orphaned as a baby but raised by adoring grandparents, begins to have strange experiences. Try as she might, her 'secrets'—verbal croaks, groans, and physical spasms—keep afflicting her. As an adult, she will find out she has Tourette’s Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, but for years her behavior is the source of mystery, confusion, and deep humiliation.

Narrated by a grown up Icy, the book chronicles a difficult, but ultimately hilarious and heartwarming journey, from her first spasms to her self-acceptance as a young woman. Curious about life beyond the hills, talented, and energetic, Icy learns to cut through all barriers—physical, mental, and spiritual—in order to find community and acceptance.

Along her journey, Icy faces the jeers of her classmates as well as the malevolence of her often-ignorant teachers—including Mrs. Stilton, one of the most evil fourth grade teachers ever created by a writer. Called willful by her teachers and 'Frog Child' by her schoolmates, she is exiled from the schoolroom and sent to a children’s asylum where it is hoped that the roots of her mysterious behavior can be discovered. Here Icy learns about difference—her own and those who are even more scarred than she. Yet, it isn’t until Icy returns home that she really begins to flower, especially through her friendship with the eccentric and obese Miss Emily, who knows first-hand how it feels to be an outcast in this tightly knit Appalachian community. Under Miss Emily’s tutelage, Icy learns about life’s struggles and rewards, survives her first comical and heartbreaking misadventure with romance, discovers the healing power of her voice when she sings, and ultimately—takes her first steps back into the world.

Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s Icy Sparks is a fresh, original, and completely redeeming novel about learning to overcome others’ ignorance and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique."

Journal Entry 6 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Removing from the General Literature VBB and making available.

Journal Entry 7 by wingReallyBookishwing at Staples in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, June 09, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (6/9/2018 UTC) at Staples in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania USA


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