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The Other Mother: A Novel Kindle Edition
From Matthew Dicks, the beloved author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, comes The Other Mother, a novel about a teenage boy coping with the rupture of his family by viewing his mother in an unusual light.
The one he loves most, is the one he knows least.
Thirteen-year-old Michael Parsons is dealing with a lot. His father's sudden death; his mother's new husband, Glen, who he loathes; his two younger siblings, who he looks after more and more now that his mother works extra shifts.
And then one day, Michael wakes up and his mother is gone. In her place is an exact, duplicate mother. The 'other mother'. No one else seems to notice the real version is missing. His brother, his sister, and even Glen act as if everything's normal. But Michael knows in his heart that this mother is not his. And he begins to panic.
What follows is a big-hearted coming-of-age story of a boy struggling with an unusual disorder that poses unparalleled challenges—but also, as he discovers, offers him unique opportunities.
From School Library Journal
"A.J. Beckles's performance as Michael is solid―he credibly captures the angst and volatility of a 13-year-old who is coping with grief and anger.… Beckles has a youthful voice that becomes Michael's, and his pacing and subtle variations in dialogue make this an easy listen." ―AudioFile Magazine
"Captivating... a perfect read for fans of John Green, R.J. Palacio, and Marcus Zusak." ―School Library Journal
"The Other Mother celebrates the healing magic of friendship and reclaiming one's self. Told in Michael's wry, often anxious voice, this quietly triumphant feel-good novel addresses the burden of grief, the complications of family and the mysteries of first love." ―Shelf Awareness
"A touching coming-of-age tale. For fans of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Andrew David MacDonald’s When We Were Vikings." ―Library Journal
"Nearly impossible to put down... Filled with emotion, pain, and joy, The Other Mother is well worth the read." ―Associated Press
"Dicks offers a wistful and quietly moving portrait of a teenage boy keeping too many secrets... [His] bighearted, generous novel makes a strong case for empathy and for forgiveness―both toward others and toward oneself." ―Publishers Weekly--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B084M1Q9GT
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (January 12, 2021)
- Publication date : January 12, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1523 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 309 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #260,689 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I had enjoyed another book by Matthew Dicks, Twenty-one Truths About Love, so I just dove into this one without reading the publisher synopsis ahead of time. I absolutely adored this book. Maybe the main character, Michael, isn’t for everyone, but man, I’m glad I got the chance to be part of his world for a bit.
Michael is a 13 year old boy and he's dealing with some stuff. One of his problems is he doesn't believe is mother is truly his mother. No, this isn't some adoption thing. Michael thinks that the woman at his home who looks like his mother and talks like his mother, is actually some type of imposter. I'm sure that sounds weird and confusing but that's due to my lack of writing talent. Just read the book and it will all make sense.
There was just something about this character that drew me in right away. To say I was emotionally invested in Michael is spot on. The story takes place over a short period of time and it's not an action filled plot. But there is so much substance and heart that it isn't some simple story, it truly was a worthwhile read.
I recommend checking this one out. Don't discount it just because the story is told from a child's perspective. It's kinda like watching the show, The Wonder Years, as you will probably appreciate it more because you are an adult.
Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.
The lead teenaged character, Mike, insists that his and his siblings' mom really isn't their mom. Everything else gradually falls away in the glare of paranoia and there's lots of bickering, fickle, wandering, internalized thoughts and many notes to self with all of it reading very YA, made for TV, and a lot like Beverly Cleary with a smart mouth.
Michael clearly has some sort of behavior disorder, although a specific diagnosis is never given in the book. He meets with the school counselor daily to help develop coping mechanisms for his anger. Because he has outbursts at school, he doesn’t have any friends. His inner thoughts reveal some of the causes of his behavior but it confuses him almost as much as it confuses the people around him. Matthew Dicks has a real insight into the minds of troubled people and Michael’s inner thoughts are authentic and revealing. I felt such empathy for him, my heart hurt while reading this book.
There are bright spots for Michael. Sarah, the prettiest girl in school, happens to live next door. When Michael’s little sister invites her to go fishing with them, Sarah and Michael hit it off and become fast friends. She’s only the second friend Michael has ever had. Michael also meets a woman on his paper route who knew his dad when they were kids. He enjoys hearing stories about when his dad, who he misses terribly, was younger. Michael has to decide if he trusts either Sarah or the woman enough to tell them that his mother is missing.
Dicks wrote Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, which is one of my all-time favorite books. I’m happy to say that The Other Mother is in league with that book. Highly recommended.