McGhee, Alison. All Rivers Flow to the Sea.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Brief Article - Children's Review - Book Review

McGHEE, Alison. All rivers flow to the sea. Candlewick. 176p. c2005. 0-7636-2591-4. $15.99. JS *

Without once descending to sentimentality or melodrama, this novel manages to reveal 17-year-old Rose Latham's pain at being the driver of the car in an accident that put her older sister Ivy in a coma. Forced to leave Ivy's bedside and return to school, Rose focuses on putting one foot in front of the other and showing a stoic face to the world. The prose at the beginning of the novel reflects her struggle in short, declarative sentences reminiscent of a Dick and Jane reader. As her encounters grow more complex, so does the prose. Rose seeks to find relief from pain with meaningless sexual encounters....

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