Close your Eyes, Hold Hands

Close your Eyes, Hold Hands

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of people are forced to flee their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's apartment, and inventing a new identity for herself -- an identity inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. When Emily befriends a young homeless boy named Cameron, she protects him with a ferocity she didn't know she had. But she still can't outrun her past, can't escape her grief, can't hide forever--and so she comes up with the only plan that she can" --
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385534833
Branch Call Number: F Boh


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ArapahoeIrinaY Nov 14, 2016

The story is telling about a girl who becomes responsible for the catastrophe. She is guilty by association and has to learn to survive by herself. After she meets a homeless, 9 years old boy and how she protects him, shows that despite her not being at her best, she still means well and is a good person. It is a very engaging read and I felt along with a characters. I think the book is amazing .

Nov 10, 2015

Way off the mark Mr. Bohjalian, definitely not up to all his other books. After 85 pages I just couldn't bear to read the too familiar phrases I've grown to detest - 'I mean', 'whatever', 'like...' just to mention a few. I have no problem with four letter words in moderation or to make an impact. Just like I don't watch this type of TV program, or hear it from so many today, I don't want to read it. 'Like, turn it off, you know what I mean?"

Jun 21, 2015

An excellent read. He gives a very realistic voice to a teenage girl.

Jun 12, 2015

This book was a great read that I completed while traveling. The timeline was a little jumpy, but overall a great story! Good bridge between YA and Adult fiction.

path111 Jan 30, 2015

Emily Shepherd at 16 seems on the outer edge of life. Her parents dependence and preoccupation with alcohol leaves only an ancillary place in the family. Her father's error at the nuclear plant brings down the whole community as well as her family's reputation and existence.

Assuming a new identity, Emily lives now on the edge of Vermont society.

The author has Emily divide her exile as before meeting Cameron and after. I didn't appreciate the pivotal role the author assigned to their relationship. Granted that she got out of herself and reached out to the 9 year old and the family dog, she didn't seem radically changed.

Emily has a deep interest in the poetry of Emily Dickinson. In the end she laments that she has not done what the poet asks of each of us: to lift each other's heartache.

Dec 02, 2014

Hmmm...high expectations that were not met. Close at times, very close indeed. But no. This is a miss. Teen-age girl, father could have created the disaster, leads a life of survival no matter what she has to do with whom, ... Sorry, just didn't work. Needs a do-over.

dossiere Aug 03, 2014

i thought this was a very thought provoking novel. i liked it.

Jul 21, 2014

I really liked this book on some levels, but on others, not so much. Written from a teen runaway girl, I thought the author really captured it most of the time, but not all. I didn't like how it was all really muddled in time, but I suppose that's how she would have written it. A nuclear meltdown occurs in Vermont (the Northeast kingdom), and Emily, the heroine of the story, runs away from the rescuers and her pampered life. Her life degenerates into a struggle for the basics. Sex for money, drugs, cutting, stealing, lying about everything: I didn't like so much, and didn't really find believable, but I know it could be. Saving, or at least trying to save, a 9 year old runaway boy, also, not believable at that point. Going back to her house to find her dog, is very believable.
written for YA, but I don't think my 15 yr old daughter would like this

SpringAltman Jul 14, 2014

Emily is caught in the middle of a nuclear disaster that has killed her parents. The community blames her father, who was in charge of the nuclear plant for the disaster.
Emily must find a way to go on with her life, alone. But does she want to?


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