How I Saved My Fathers Life (and Ruined Everything Else)

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Her parents decide to go their separate ways and Madeline, the want-to-be saint and ballerina is left to cope as best she can.


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This is a great book to recommend to children of divorce as well as an entertaining read. May 10, April rated it it was ok. I had higher hopes for this book. It's written a bit too much from an adult perspective, in my opinion, even though the narrator is a 12ish yr old girl. I also found her incredibly bratty and unappealing and a bit on the unrealistic side when it came to the divorce of her parents. Upon finishing the book I'm still not sure who the intended audience is and I'm not sure who I would recommend it to.

Jul 28, Samantha rated it did not like it. A bratty year-old blames her mother for her parent's divorce despite her father selfishly abandoning their family to start a new one and believes she is able to create miracles and therefore decides to become a "saint" despite not being religious - or a very nice person. Feb 11, Vani Chitkara rated it liked it Shelves: The protagonist Madeleine sounded like a saint most of the time even though she is just what? The book was a slow read and I felt like being compelled to finish the book.

The could have been a lot more better if Madeleine acted her age. Sep 26, Allison Palmgren rated it did not like it. It was a mercifully quick read, but that is the only redeeming quality I can find in this book. Here is what it does have: I read this book in a vain attempt to enjoy so The.

I read this book in a vain attempt to enjoy something the author has written before meeting her I didn't love her latest book, but it was nowhere near this level of horrible. Feb 13, Aaron rated it really liked it. This is a really cute and touching story about an 11 year old named Madeline. Her family recently moved from Boston to Providence, and they are settling into their new home. Even though she is not Catholic, she has aspirations of becoming a saint.

Yes, this is the second book about a Rhode Island adolescent with hopes of becoming a saint that I have red recently. As part of her dreams, she has started to believe that she is able to bring about miracles if she prays enough. The clearest evidence This is a really cute and touching story about an 11 year old named Madeline.

The clearest evidence of this power is the fact that she saved her father when he was trapped in an avalanche out west. This was done with only prayer. Things go terribly when her father returns, and her parents end up divorced. It does not take long for her father to find himself married to another woman, and they have another child as they settled into a new apartment in New York City.

Now Madeline and her younger brother find themselves torn between their mother, who has an interesting career as a writer of a cooking column, and their father, who travels all over the world as an adventure writer. At first, Madeline finds fault in everything her mother does since she blames her for everything that has changed over the recent year. Things really come to a head as both branches of the family end up spending the summer and Italy, giving Madeline a chance to spend quality time with each parent and come to terms with the new make-up of her split family.

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Hood does a great job of capturing the scorn and need-to-judge that is often evident in girls Madeline's age. They are quick to judge and share their opinion even when it means being a little sassy and hurting those around them. Her sass is easily understandable considering the fact that Madeline is having a tough time dealing with her parents' divorce.

One of the aspects of this book that is most fun is the fact that Hood does a good job of capturing the setting by describing a number of places in Rhode Island. This is particularly true as she talks about Wright's Farm, a family-style chicken restaurant that is actually on the road that Ray grew up on, and St. All-in-all this is a fun read.

May 13, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh, she's not religious or anything, and her family never goes to church, but she's already performed two miracles. The first was when she slid a glass of water across the kitchen table by only thinking about it. The second was when somebody called her name in the middle of the night, and she woke up with a terrible premonition that her father, on a writing assignment Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.

The second was when somebody called her name in the middle of the night, and she woke up with a terrible premonition that her father, on a writing assignment in Idaho, was in danger. After spending a day deep in prayer, she learned that he was one of only two people to survive an avalanche. However, after her second miracle, everything else in her life goes downhill.

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Her father, now rich and famous from his harrowing experience, divorces her mother, moves into a posh apartment in uptown New York, and marries Ava Pomme, a sophisticated woman famous for her apple tarts. Soon, they have their own daughter, and Madeline and her little brother, Cody, are forced to travel between the two parents.

Madeline adores Ava and the feeling of once again being part of a family, if only for a weekend. How different Ava is from her own boring mother, who cooks disgusting food for her cooking column and embarrasses Madeline just by being there. If her mom hadn't been so ordinary, crying and scatterbrained over the simplest things, then maybe Madeline's father would have stayed. Determined to find some solace from her life, Madeline concentrates on ballet and her journey into sainthood, although that journey may not lead where she expects.

I absolutely gobbled up this book. Even though Madeline's treatment of her mother sometimes disgusted me, I found her reactions, opinions, and character flaws to be incredibly lifelike and endearing. Although I am not religious or from a divorced family, I found this book to be most enjoyable, and highly recommend it to any preteen girl. Feb 16, Nothing rated it it was ok. I agree with the review made by the reader April. The character of Madeline was bratty, unappealing and quite overdramatic.

I was even her age when it happenef. In spite of understanding what she was going through, I found myself arguing with her through the bo I agree with the review made by the reader April. In spite of understanding what she was going through, I found myself arguing with her through the book. A lot of her problems like lack of many friends would be solved by her being a lot less "woe is me" and much less bitchy. I had a hard time mustering any sympathy for a spoiled, self involved character that repeatedly enjoyed scaring her 5 year old brother who clearly was in need of some help and clearly seemed to thrive on making her already frazzled mother upset.

I felt more for her poor little brother and her friend Antoinette! And I really don't like the idea that she had to only like one parent! What a terrible message to give to children! Who was responsible for the divorce is between the parents. I dislike how her mom was always trying to get them to dislike the father. The father though ultimately a bit of a prat I felt handled the situation a lot better than her mother did. Families can come in all sizes, and the book ends with her feeling sad that her life would always be split up.

Did she learn anything!? I'll stop ranting now. Jan 09, Hayley rated it really liked it. After saving her fathers life, Madeline decides that it's her destiny to become a saint. But there's only one problem, her family isn't Christian, and they most certainly do not go to church. So, Madeline starts going and meets a friend who I will call A because I don't remember how to spell her name Anniosetta maybe? Anyways, Madeline tries to be a normal 12 year old, but with divorced parents and no friends and a new town, that isn't the easiest thing to do.

This book was okay, it wasn't the After saving her fathers life, Madeline decides that it's her destiny to become a saint. This book was okay, it wasn't the best book ever, and it certainly wasn't bad.

I would give it 3 and a half stars, but I can't so I'll give it four. When she was in the church in Rome, I know that was supposed to be an exciting part, but to me it wasn't. It felt dry and because I don't understand Italian, I didn't understand the conversation between Madeline and the nun. I really like her friendship with A, and how her Mom was a food writer and had cool jobs even if Madeline didn't think they were cool and Ava and Zoe.

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If they didn't exist, something would of felt like it was missing in the story. The last thing I'm going to say about this book, is the part with her father at the end, to me it was never clear how they got along after she yelled at him. It to me felt like it was missing a couple of pages, but maybe that's just me. There's an avalanche that her father is in, but since it's told from Madeline's POV it's not scary.

Jun 24, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: Ever since Madeline prayed for her father to be saved from a heliskiing accident, things have gone from bad to worse.


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  • First, he left her mother for another woman and moved to New York. Then, her mother's plummeting income causes Madeline to have to change ballet schools. Feeling alone and betrayed, she turns to the Catholic saints to try to make sense of her life - with the ultimate goal of becoming canonized herself. Those who are deriding this book because Madeline is a "selfish brat" need to c Ever since Madeline prayed for her father to be saved from a heliskiing accident, things have gone from bad to worse. Those who are deriding this book because Madeline is a "selfish brat" need to consider that Madeline is a twelve-year-old girl dealing with a divorce.

    Of course she's a brat to her mother, what twelve-year-old girl under the best circumstances isn't once in a while? Of course she's moody and has trouble making friends, her life has been uprooted and she needs time. By the end of the book, Madeline's perspective changes and she finds happiness. This was a cute little read that I picked up mostly because it takes place in Providence and name-drops a lot of local restaurants, schools, and attractions.

    Oct 29, Marci rated it liked it. This book tells the story of a girl named Madeline who wishes to become Saint Madeline of Providence, and a professional ballerina in the midst of her parents' divorce. Madeline discovers the true meaning of family. Madeline was mad at her mom, blaming her for the divorce, when really her dad was the one who tore her family apart.

    He cheated on her mom with a much younger, meaner, more selfish woman. Madeline realizes that family is having people who love you. Her mother has always loved her, an This book tells the story of a girl named Madeline who wishes to become Saint Madeline of Providence, and a professional ballerina in the midst of her parents' divorce.

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    See if you have enough points for this item. Twelve-year-old Madeline believes she can perform miracles. And her biggest one to date is saving her father from an avalanche. But, unmiraculously, he divorces Madeline's mother after his recovery, writes a book about the avalanche, becomes a celebrity, and marries Ava Pomme, a renowned tart maker.

    When he leaves, Madeline is left with her mother, who is slowly coming undone; her hypochondriac little brother, who spends his days worrying about air-bag safety; a house that is falling apart around her; and no clue how to perform the miracle that will fix it all. Amidst ballet lessons, insufferable recipe experiments for her mother's Family magazine column, and a life-changing trip to Italy, Madeline learns the true meaning of faith and family in this moving novel by acclaimed author Ann Hood.

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