Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer

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Read Being Fishkill Online Free - Fishkill Carmel fends for herself, with her fists if need be — until a thwarted lunch theft introduces her to strange, sunny Duck-Duck and a chance for a new start.

Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill’s fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck’s mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy. Poet Ruth Lehrer’s young adult debut is a stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains “family.” And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed.

Title : Being Fishkill
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ISBN : 0763684422
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Lola rated it ★★★☆☆

December 03, 2017

What I like about this book is that it doesn’t sugarcoat anything. It keeps it real; it says it like it is; it doesn’t hold the bad back. But at the same time, it doesn’t dwell on depressive thoughts, because Fishkill knows she has to move forward. She still wonders about her past, now more than e...

S.M. rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2017

This novel is phenomenal. BEYOND phenomenal. I fell in love with the fierce 12-year-old Fishkill on page one and my love for her never dissipated. Even now, long after I’ve closed the book, Fishkill stays with me. She is vibrant and strong and so full of life. She is unlike any other character I’...

Bridget rated it ★★★★★

March 30, 2017

BEING FISHKILL is powerful, moving, sometimes harrowing, and always deeply felt, with language so beautiful that it comes as no surprise when you learn the author is also a well-respected poet. This is a novel I've heard buzz about for years, and it's published by Candlewick. So I was a little ne...

Jeff rated it ★★★★★

August 07, 2017

Y'all, this book is absolutely extraordinary. So beautiful and real and gritty and wrenching and filled with heart and humor. If you liked THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN or KIDS OF APPETITE, I think you'll like this.

Linda rated it ★★★★★

April 28, 2017

I’ll start this review off with a conversation I had with the author via Twitter DM’ing: ME: Your book is something special. AUTHOR: Did you finish? ME: Just read the last word. Gosh. I have all the feels. I don't want to do anything else today. I just want to sit here and hold the book. But I can't...

Elly rated it ★★★★★

April 18, 2017

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer, equal parts heart warming and heart breaking. A deeply moving story of one girl’s journey to finding family, love and acceptance. Lehrer does an exceptional job exploring the frailty of heart and creating characters we come to love. Deeply. Fishkill and Duck-Duck ar...

Christine rated it ★★★★★

February 22, 2017

Being Fishkill left me utterly shattered at a rest area on Interstate 84 in New York, ironically not far from the Carmel/Fishkill exit (fortunately my partner was driving.) Fishkill, Duck-Duck, Molly - the vivid characters Ruth Lehrer has created - are now a part of me too and I'll always be grat...

Margot rated it ★★★★★

July 19, 2017

You know an author has a strong, authentic voice when her 12-year-old narrator starts giving you flashbacks to being 12 years old, dredging up feelings and experiences you'd forgotten. BEING FISHKILL made me feel like I was back in a rural New England middle school, surrounded by poverty and preju...

Kathy rated it ★★★★★

July 03, 2017

Fishkill Carmel is a tough-as-nails heroine with a desperate secret. Christine Farina, better known as Duck-Duck, is the quirky idealist who sees through the tough façade and appoints herself Fishkill’s new best friend. What follows is a tale full of poignant moments of friendship, exploring ever...

Monica rated it ★★★★★

April 10, 2017

Being Fishikill is a powerful, devastating, masterful book. I finished it last week, and I'm still picking myself up in pieces.

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