Counting Back From Nine

Counting Back From Nine

Book - 2013
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"There are rules for what I've done. Specific punishments for crimes against friendship."

Laren Olivier knows the rules, but her attraction to a friend's ex-boyfriend is strong. She tells herself that if she and Scott can keep their new romance a secret, no one will get hurt. But Laren is not the only one with something to hide.

Thus begins a year-long journey through secrets, lies, exposures and betrayals. Somehow, Laren must find a way to reconcile who she is with what she's done. And when tragedy strikes, she finds herself struggling with a discovery so shocking it rocks the very foundation of her world.

A novel in free verse by award-winning author Valerie Sherrard.

" Counting Back from Nine is a powerful young adult novel. It's not just another story of a high school romance that fails; it's about the tensions (and joys) of family relationships, the impact of losing a parent at a formative point in one's emotional development, and the social fall-out resulting when a girl knowingly breaks the unspoken rules of high school female friendships and finds herself "un-friended".
"Anyone who has read Valerie Sherrard's other works knows that she is expert at capturing the nuances of adolescent conversation. In Counting Back from Nine , the voices of Laren and her mother are strong and distinct.
"The novel is written in free verse, and not only does the poetry capture the rhythms of speech more effectively, but the visual impact of the free verse adds another powerful dimension. And, somehow, the nastiness of which teen-age girls are especially capable, is even meaner when rendered in poetry... While the novel certainly isn't "chick lit", this is a book which will be read and enjoyed primarily by a female audience. Guys just aren't going to pick up a book with a cover featuring photo vignettes of a younger and older girl, surrounded by abstract bubbles. It's a shame, because Counting Back from Nine is an excellent novel."
Highly Recommended.
-- CM Magazine

"The language is stark but poetic, and the free verse format perfectly suits the story. Sherrard's characters are written with compassion, and a keen understanding of how teenagers think and feel. Laren's voice feels authentic and emotionally true, and readers will empathize with her feelings of isolation and grief.
" Counting Back from Nine is poignant and emotionally resonant, and teens will be wholly engaged from the first page to the last."
-- Canadian Children Booknews

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, c2013
ISBN: 9781554552450
Branch Call Number: J FIC Sherr
Characteristics: 198 p


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The_Divergent_Gryffindor Jul 26, 2014

I like the book but it made me feel sad when her friends betrayed her in the dirtiest way possible even though it was true.

Zainab1786 May 23, 2014

I didn't like this book. Wouldn't recommend. It's all a love story kind of.

ilovesoup Apr 25, 2014

this book is so interesting i could barley put it down. The main girl's tragedy really tries to overcome her life, but you could almost hear her strength in the book.
loved it <3

Jeanaford Mar 17, 2014

Counting Back From Nine is a great book about a girl trying to cope with a tragedy that has struck her family. Throughout the book she figures out who she can rely on and who's worth her worry.

Lululoopsi Mar 06, 2014

An easy book to finish with a confusing story line and quite hard to follow. It was written in a unique way, different from most books. The chronological order of events were written in reverse.

juliawest_6 Mar 06, 2014

This book was a very quick read and interesting to read.It was written a very different format than most other books.
The author did a great job of making a teenaged girl feel like she could relate to the main character.

bananas312001 Mar 06, 2014

This book is a very quick read. I found it that it didn't take much to lose interest. It definitely is a girl book, and I would recomend it for non-reader girls.

_schweitzer Mar 06, 2014

A very short book with a few odd parts that are hard to follow. It's mostly 'diary entry' type styles. It's not the most interesting book, but gets better towards the end. I would it recommend for a non reader. To follow the story line you really have to pay close attention. Happy reading!

elora_danya Mar 05, 2014

A very quick read. a good story line, but hard to follow at times. Written in a different style than most books, and can be hard to get used to. More of a girly book. I would recommend to girls only.

samdog123 Dec 31, 2013

Enjoyed this book, quick and easy to read since its written in free verse. Laren has a good story to tell about growing up and realizing what's important. Excellent choice for any young girl and a Forest of Reading title as well.

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