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Waiting to ForgetAfter a fall will ever wake up Wondering too if he will ever feel at home with his and Angela's new parents Marlene who insists on calling him Timothy and Dan who seems to want a different sonGoing back and forth between Now and Then weaving the uncertain present with the painful past TJ's story unfolds and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forwar I loved this book The situation is heart wrenching of a young boy who has had so little stability and love in his life that he’s never learned how to let down his guard and trust someone Now his little sister’s life is in danger and his loneliness fear and guilt was he partly responsible? are finely portrayedAlternating between past and present chapters are simply titled Now and Then the narrative clues us in on TJ and Angela’s abandonment by their unstable mother and their upbringing in a series of foster homes while keeping us in suspense as to what exactly has put Angela in the hospitalThe writing is uiet and restrained which makes it all the powerful We keep hoping that TJ will open his heart even just a little to his new adoptive parents I won’t spoil the ending but I found it moving and emotionally true

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Al and milk for her When Momma's boyfriend got angry at them he'd try to protect Angela Later at their foster homes TJ was the only one who knew how to coax his little sister out of her bad moods The only one who understood why she made origami paper cranes and threw them out the windowBut now TJ is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital wondering if Angela unconscious I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a month long online discussion of the book I had no prior knowledge of or association with the authorI recently finished reading Waiting to Forget I love how the children were finally going to be OK by the end of the book I wanted to read it straight through but life interrupted and I had to put it down from time to time Throughout the entire book my heart ached for TJ and Angela More so for TJ as he was the one waiting alone for news of his sister while he was re living his life up to that point Billy was truly a monster I was so relieved when he moved out As a mother myself I could not fathom choosing any man over my children Choosing a man like Billy who was so incredibly awful to the children and Celia shows how badly Celia needed professional psychological helpThe book was very well written and the characters were fully developed I'm glad to have had the opportunity to read Waiting to Forget Thank you Shiela for the book and for a job well done I'll give it 5 stars

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PDF ☆ BOOK Waiting to Forget FREE Ï SHEILA KELLY WELCH Ã ➾ [Download] ➻ Waiting to Forget By Sheila Kelly Welch ➷ – Gwairsoft.co.uk South Carolina's Junior Book Award Master List for 20132014Best YA Fiction Titles for 2011 Pennsylvania School Library AssociationThe Best Books of the YeaSouth Carolina's Junior Book Award Master List for 20132014Best YA Fiction Titles for 2011 Pennsylvania School Library AssociationThe Best Books of the Year 2012 edition Bank Street CollegeTJ has always looked out for his little sister Angela When Momma used to go out and leave them home alone he'd lock the door so they'd be safe keep Angela entertained and get out the cere Meet TJ also known as Timothy also known as Terry Jerry and “it’s not unusual” for him to be referred to as Tom Jones cracking myself up this week But he prefers TJ for most of the story and he’s an eleven year old kid with an adult’s problems because there is no adult to handle his problems for him When we first encounter TJ he’s sitting in a hospital waiting room which is an appropriate place for him to be given the title of the book TJ is waiting to find out whether or not his little sister Angela is going to die or notIt’s a good hook one we’ve seen before and one we’ll see again because some things just work and always will Even before we know anything about the characters we are at least somewhat curious about what’s going to happen Just knowing a little girl might die and her big brother will have to be told about it is inherently suspenseful Welch can’t leave it here of course She still has to tell us what happened and who this little boy and little girl are to really draw us in and she does but it takes some pages and this premise will catch us on page one Better yet Welch doesn’t tell us the fate of the little girl until the very end so to have your natural curiosity satisfied you’ll have to read the whole book And as we learn about these children and come to love them as characters the uestion of Angela’s fate becomes all the compelling and pulls us right through the story That’s why they call it a hookAnother thing in Welch’s favor is that the tone of Waiting to Forget allows us to believe in the possibility that Angela could die and that’s very important Imagine if you will a television special in which one of those stupid care bears is critically injured I would actually tune in if this ever happened and the other care bears waited in the hospital to find out if Fuzzy Fluffington I don’t know what their actual names are is going to bite it There’s no real suspense here because we all know by the end of the episode they’re going to gather together and do their deus ex machina care bear stare that makes everything better like they always do and Fuzzy Fluffington will come back to life please please let him have acuired an unnatural appetite for the flesh of other care bears What I’m getting at is in order for the old will one of the main characters die by the end of this story hook to work we have to believe the writer is willing to shoot her hostage For this reason among others this hook is not appropriate for every story But Welch has a crazy look in her eye She’ll do it man The tone of Waiting to Forget is somber and realistic A lot of very sad things happen before the end and the death of a little girl would in some ways be par for the course Esteemed Reader you know I would never tell you whether the little girl dies or not so let’s move on Waiting to Forget is broken into two sections called “Now” and “Then” Now is TJ in the hospital with his new foster parents but most of the novel is concerned with Then which is everything that happened prior to Now TJ’s mother is or was well I’ll let TJ tell youMomma wanted to get out She wanted to go have some fun TJ thought he understood Momma was like the fragile green bug with transparent wings that had wandered into the living room one night It had circled the lamp next to the couch where he and Angela were supposed to be sleeping The little bug tried to get closer and closer to the light which TJ finally turned off despite Angela's sueals of protest just so he wouldn't hear the incessant ping ping ping of the bug hitting the bulb In the morning the insect was gone Nightlife bars and men and music were like a lamp to Momma drawing her away from home when night came Momma is a frustrating character What makes a bad parent? Having been contemplating parenthood this is a uestion I find myself asking myself often Mrs Ninja and I know a couple who allowed their little brat to run around yelling and making a mess during dinner and who only laughed when the punk kicked me in the face Never have I been so tempted to spank someone else’s kid—he could use it but Daddy just laughed and it was his call Now that’s bad parenting but all things being relative I wouldn’t recommend social services take away junior Dad’s a jerk and he’s raising a little jerk but this is America and with so many kids homeless andor abused the kid’s better off than many Momma is the sort of mixed up person your heart goes out to but who you probably wouldn’t want to know Welch shares enough of Momma’s back story to make her briefly empathetic but in the end she and her endless string of no good boyfriends is the problem Unfortunately some of the best people in the word aren’t able to have children and some of the worst of humanity breeds like the inhabitants of Watership Down This means the popularity of Larry the Cable Guy and Tyler Perry will only increase in future generations shakes head sadly This story isn’t about Momma or I would have stopped reading it after a few chapters I have an old friend whose phone calls I dread because she has been on a path to destroy her life for a while and every time I talk to her she’s a little further along It isn’t any fun hearing what she’s been up to I can’t live her life for her and whatever she tells me I know it’s not going to be good because of the way she’s chosen to live I try to miss her phone calls and I wouldn’t read a book about her But my old friend doesn’t have children She makes me sad but I don’t want to shake her the way I wanted to shake Momma as I read Waiting to Forget Thankfully this story is about TJ and Angela TJ has to become Angela’s parent because otherwise she would have none As much as I hated Momma I liked her kids I wanted to find out what happened to them TJ is a character who’s as relatable as he is because of the conflict that surrounds him His goal is a happy home for he and his sister—what reader wouldn’t relate to that goal? The opposition against him is tremendous This is a story worth reading and immediately interesting What greater opposition can an eleven year old face than his own mother and her abusive boyfriends?Waiting to Forget is an exciting read that has some very sad parts but a few laughs as well and leaves the reader with a sense of triumph among tragedy I’m not going to say anything as I don’t want to spoil the whole book but pick up a copy You’ll be glad you did And when you do ask yourself “what is the significance of TJ telling us that his mother is dead” which sounds like a craft point I probably should have discussed But I’m not sure how to do it without ruining the novel So instead I’ll leave you with some of my favorite passages from Waiting to ForgetTJ watched Momma leave swinging her hips and her purse as she went down the front walk Her reddish hair looked alive almost like flames licking at her shoulders He knew she wasn't getting her hair done She'd met a new manBy the time TJ got home from school that day the dog had made a couple of puddles on the rug that were bigger than the dog Then he suints down at the sun picture wishing it gave off heat like the real sun The waiting room is chilly the air clammy and stale and he thinks he can taste disinfectant on his lips TJ wished he were Spider Man and could climb out a window and up the side of the building to the roofThe day felt endless and dreary like the dark spring sky