Dear Vincent by Mandy Hager

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Read Dear Vincent Online Free - 17 year old Tara McClusky's life is hard. She shares the care of her paralysed father with her domineering, difficult mother, forced to cut down on her hours at school to help support the family with a part-time rest home job. She's very much alone, still grieving the loss of her older sister Van, who died five years before. Her only source of consolation is her obsession with art and painting in particular. Most especially she is enamoured with Vincent Van Gogh: she has read all his letters and finds many parallels between the tragic story of his life and her own. Luckily she meets the intelligent, kindly Professor Max Stockhamer (a Jewish refugee and philosopher) and his grandson Johannes, and their support is crucial to her ability to survive this turbulent time. NZ Post Award-wining author Mandy Hager tackles the difficult topic of suicide fearlessly, with a novel that's not afraid to go to the dark places but which resolves its story beautifully. It's uplifting and positive.

Title : Dear Vincent
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ISBN : 177553328X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Zac rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2013

Dear Vincent is one of the most powerful, emotionally-charged books I’ve ever read. I don’t think I’ve had such an emotional response to any other book, both adults or YA. The story is narrated by Tara, so you experience all the ups and downs of Tara’s life and you go into the dark spaces inside...

Donna rated it ★★★★★

November 12, 2013

Every now and then a book comes along that reminds me why I love to read and why it is so important. A good book allows us to be transported, to walk in someone else’s shoes, to learn, to love, to empathise – this book does all this and more. Tara is 17 years old, her father is debilitated by a st...

Jeanette rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2015

I chose this book because I fell in love with the cover. I love Vincent Van Gogh's works, and Starry Night is a particular favourite. In Dear Vincent Mandy Hager interweaves the stories of troubled teen Tara McClusky with her fascination with Vincent Van Gogh and the tragic story of her sister's...

Bridget rated it ★★★★☆

August 12, 2013

This is so so sad, I had dreams about it, I thought about it, I carried it around in my mind. While I read it I kept remembering watching the news as a child, those Irish troubles which were on the news night after night, Bernadette Devlin, Bloody Sunday, things I didn't really understand as a ch...

Mufeeda rated it ★★★★★

June 28, 2015

1)I chose to read this book because the Vincent Van Gogh artwork on the cover caught my eye and I wanted to know what the book was about, so I read the blurb and decided i would read the book. 2)A character in this book I found interesting was Tara McClusky. What made her interesting for me was ho...

Taniplea rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2016

This book is about Tara, who is a talented painter, and her trying to cope with her sister's death and her family situation. Her dad had multiple strokes and she has to care for him and work every day after school, until it all gets too much. Every chapter begins with a quote from one of Vincent v...

Holly rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2018

I don't know if any book has ever struck me so hard as this one. I don't think I've ever thought of a book as magic until this one. I don't think a book has stuck with me this long until this one. I first read this four whole years ago, and it remains one of the most affecting books I've ever rea...

Cherry rated it ★★★☆☆

October 01, 2015

It's difficult to know how to rate and review this book. After I first read some, I was annoyed that the main character was unusually talented, erudite, articulate and admired by all the adults in the book (excepting her parents). People who are depressed, having a hard time coping with their lif...

Ruby rated it ★★★★☆

January 12, 2015

I thought this book was really great, I felt like it made me love and appreciate Vincent Van Gogh's work even more than I already did and I just thought it had a very strong presence over all. Reading it made me sad, joyful and generally worried over characters fates. I recommend this book a lot,...

Lorraine rated it ★★★★★

May 26, 2013

A heart-felt and searing story about a teenage girl battling problems with her dysfunctional family. Everything seems to be going against Tara - until friends appear unexpectedly in her life. But she still has demons to tackle, and a trip to Ireland to visit her sister's grave brings another chal...

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