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  • Title: Waiting to Forget
  • Author: Sheila Kelly Welch
  • ISBN: 9781608981151
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • South Carolina s Junior Book Award Master List for 2013 2014Best YA Fiction Titles for 2011 Pennsylvania School Library AssociationThe Best Books of the Year, 2012 edition Bank Street CollegeT.J 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, andSouth Carolina s Junior Book Award Master List for 2013 2014Best YA Fiction Titles for 2011 Pennsylvania School Library AssociationThe Best Books of the Year, 2012 edition Bank Street CollegeT.J 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 cereal and milk for her When Momma s boyfriend got angry at them, he d try to protect Angela Later, at their foster homes, T.J 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 window.But now T.J is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, wondering if Angela, unconscious after 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 son.Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward.
    Waiting to Forget South Carolina s Junior Book Award Master List for Best YA Fiction Titles for Pennsylvania School Library AssociationThe Best Books of the Year edition Bank Street CollegeT J has a

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    1. Meet T.J 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 T.J 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 T.J he s sitting in a hospital waiting room, which is an appropriate place for him to be given the title of the book T.J is waiting to find out whether or not his little sis [...]

    2. I read this book as part of a package with Hatchet for our reading club Both are survival stories, yet very, very different This one is far the literary and realistic.As the parent of six adopted children, this book often made me feel like I was looking in a mirror or reliving the past through the eyes of my kids The frustrating social workers and counselors who just don t get it, the perspective from the children who are sure that we don t get it and the impact bad choices of both adoptive and [...]

    3. I was honestly surprised by how much I ended up liking this book especially considering the subject matter Waiting to Forget is a well written story about two young children who have been neglected by their selfish, sometimes abusive, mother It is a touching, heart breaking read Written in an alternating Then, Now and Between Then and Now format this book hooked me from the beginning The author shared just enough details to let you know about their struggles without being too graphic or overdone [...]

    4. I had a feeling about this book just by looking at that cover It s simply gorgeous, memorable, powerful, intriguing I know, the cover isn t always a good way to pick a book, but chances are, when the cover gives you that special vibe, it means the book has something very special to give as well It s this unwritten universal law of book vibes, don t give me that look As the blurb tells you, this is a story told from a kid s point of view segmented in Now, Then, and Between now and then, it s a re [...]

    5. Waiting to Forget is a powerful novel I found myself twisted in knots as I read ithad to put it downen had to pick it up again The emotion conveyed in the writing is so real it hurts I found myself reaching for those children on than one occasion The story is told in a series of time periods, then, now, and between then and now We are with T.J the older brother of the siblings who are the focus of the story, in the hospital He is waiting for word of his sister, Angela, who has fallen from the s [...]

    6. As T.J sits in the hospital waiting room, anxious for news about his sister Angela, who has suffered a fall, he reflects on their life Now they are adjusting to being recently adopted and fitting in with their new parents, but then, they lived with their mother and her series of boyfriends, with T.J acting much like an adult than his mother as he tried to keep himself and his sister safe As he reflects on his life and worries about his sister, T.J comes to realize what he wants from life.This i [...]

    7. 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 portrayed.Alternating 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 [...]

    8. Story Description T.J 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 cereal and milk for her When Momma s boyfriend got angry at them, he d try to protect Angela Later, at their foster homes, T.J 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 windo [...]

    9. Ms Welch spins an intriguing story in Waiting to Forget It is like a train wreck reading about these children and all they went through, but I know that I for one could not look away TJ and Angela evoke sympathy, and I couldn t help but be invested in their stories.Sometimes the jumps in narrative from one time in the story to another can be jarring and confusing, but it was done very well in Waiting to Forget The use of TJ s life book pictures and drawings to help him remember his life before a [...]

    10. T.J is stuck in a hospital waiting room while his sister is in the ICU with his foster parents To pass the time, he looks through the My Life scrapbook he made with his social worker, remembering his mother From his very earliest memories, T.J s mother was neglectful and selfish and relied on men to provide for her T.J and Angela learned to cover for their mother s or her abusive boyfriends mistakes until they could keep it a secret any.Reading this book sent me back to the days when I used to w [...]

    11. Waiting To Forget is a very fast and emotional read Since there mother left them alone when she went to Vegas with her boyfriend, TJ and Angela have been in foster care Their mother was only supposed to go for the weekend, but when she didn t come home a week later, TJ called their social worker TJ has always taken care of his baby sister and now he is waiting in an emergency room with their adoptive family waiting to see if she is ever going to wake up While he is waiting for news, TJ is lookin [...]

    12. 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 author.I 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 T [...]

    13. Waiting to Forget is very well written I enjoyed it than I d anticipated I didn t expect to not like it I just wasn t sure.I will be honest and say that the story itself felt kinda bland to me I did feel sorry for these kids especially T.J but not heartbroken I did find myself hating their mother, though For me the worst part is knowing that there really are people like that out there Anyway, the writing is fantastic Welch weaves the story together very well, seamlessly switching from then to n [...]

    14. It s the lyrical nature of Sheila Kelly Welch s writing that kept me engaged throughout my reading of WAITING TO FORGET I found this title hard to categorize flashing back and forth between a hospital waiting room, where T.J waits with his adoptive parents to find out if his little sister is okay, and the past T.J spent with a neglectful mother, it s definitely a bit dark for middle grade And as a YA novel, it s hard to say whether a teen would be engaged by such a young character T.J is around [...]

    15. The story is told from T.J s POV, a twelve year old boy I have to say this is one of the saddest, yet beautiful stories I ve ever read It opens up with T.J sitting in the hospital s waiting room, anxious to know his sister s condition The story tells about the kind of life T.j and his sister have lived, moving from one foster home to another One minute their life s going so well, you can feel the joy spreading through T.J through his thoughts, and the next, that life is yanked from under his fee [...]

    16. T.J and his little sister Angela have been through a lot in their young lives There home life hasn t been stable or safe either T.J is sitting in the E.R waiting room waiting to hear news about his sister She fell and their adoptive parents are with her while the doctors work on her T.J grabbed his Life Book to look at while he was sitting and waiting As he is going through the book he lets the memories unfold telling their story from as far back as he can remember The story goes back and forth [...]

    17. I thought this book would be a total and complete downer Fortunately I wasn t completely right TJ is such a precious boy While waiting in the hospital for his sister, he goes through his life book a scrapbook of his life and the different foster homes he lived in It s an interesting way for readers to see what happened to get TJ and Angela to this point in their lives I also appreciated that the flashbacks were labeled and the labels were interesting in a good way then between now and then and n [...]

    18. HmmmAn interesting read that reminded me somewhat of either a younger version of Werlin s Rules of Survival or maybe a male version of Connor s Waiting for Normal Now, twelve year old T.J sits in a hospital waiting room, waiting for his little sister to wake up after she s knocked unconscious in a fall Then, he lived with his sister and his Momma, with Momma erratic, unable to hold a job, often gone for days at a time Between Then and Now, he and his sister worked with a social worker to make Li [...]

    19. This book takes an interesting look at child neglect TJ takes care of Angela because his mom just isn t prepared to do it The book flashes between now, then and between I liked the format The ending gave hope for children in foster care.

    20. Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch is only the third novel that I ve read about foster children The unflinching manner in which Welch writes about their tumultuous lives had me searching the internet for fictional examples By its end, Waiting to Forget also had me thinking about its unique but well crafted style.The lives of T.J and his sister had been rather unpleasant before they came to live with foster parents Marlene and Dan Waiting to Forget makes me think of The Pinballs by Betsy By [...]

    21. This was a pretty good story, and I think my students who liked The Boy from the Basement and A Child Called It would also like this one It was terribly sad though and frustrating as a reader to watch the kids in this story experience an absent father and a mother who didn t know how to be a mother in most senses of the word, but it was heartening to see that the foster situation at the end of the story gave hope that their lives might end up okay in the long run.

    22. I honestly didn t know what to expect when I started reading Waiting to Forget but there is no doubt in my mind that it would have exceeded every single expectation that I did have This was a truly inspiring and emotionally powerful novel which invoked in me feelings that I haven t felt in a long while Sheila Welch has written a beautifully moving story from the perspective of a young boy and how he witnesses and understands everything that is going on within his life It is an absolutely charmin [...]

    23. My Blog s ReviewIn a NutshellTwitter summary Prognosis reflective of troubled childhood Novel Size just shy of novel lengthTarget Audience 10 14 years oldGenre Fictional dramaSwearing MildViolence MildReflection on past HighPlotThe story follows the reflections of a teenage boy named T.J Timothy James as he waits for news of his sister s emergency surgery in the hospital Through a life book he created during his time in foster care, he reflects on the experiences that he and his sister went thro [...]

    24. I always have such a hard time rating books that deal with tough subject matter I settled on three hearts because it was well written, the characters well developed, and because the story was one worth telling The thing that held it back from a higher rating for me was just how upsetting and sometimes depressing the storyline was.The book opens with the main character T.J, sitting in a hospital waiting room wondering if his little sister Angela is going to survive We know she fell but we don t k [...]

    25. As this story begins, a 13 year old boy named TJ sits in the waiting room of a hospital anxiously waiting for any news about his little sister His sister, Angela, has had a fall and was rushed to the ER As TJ waits, he looks through an album about his life and remembers the important events that brought he and his sister to their new adoptive parents home has always taken care of Angela, because sometimes it was hard for their mom to take care of them while she worked or spent time with strange [...]

    26. Copy provided by Net Galley What I Liked Normally I am not a fan of stories that go back and forth between time periods but with Waiting to Forget it seemed to work in a way I don t really understand Having the three different time periods mix and mingle made the story much emotional Going back between now and then gave both situations urgency for me T.J is a kid who had to grow up fast because Momma leaves him in charge a lot It s his responsibility to take care of his younger sister Angela a [...]

    27. The Deal T J is waiting at the hospital Waiting on news about his little sister Angela, who was rushed in a few hours before His new adoptive parents Marlene and Dan told him to wait outside.So, he s waiting, feeling a little forgotten, and remembering how everything came to be the way it is.It had always been T.J, s job to look after and take care of Angela, he remembers that He remembers life with his mother and her boyfriends and trying to protect Angela then And he remembers the foster homes [...]

    28. Sheila Kelly Welch s realistic fiction book will definitely interest middle schoolers, high school students, and adult readers Welch does a great job of sinking the reader into the chaotic lives of TJ and his sister, Angela, in the Now Then format employed in this thin, gripping read As TJ waits in the emergency room of a hospital, waiting to find out if Angela will live we visit the Then part of TJ s life which is a horror to say the least TJ and Angela love their mother but she is not a good m [...]

    29. As T.J sits in the waiting room, waiting to hear if his sister is even alive, he is reflecting back on his and Angela s difficult life Their mother neglected them often, at times was physically abusive, and often put them in dangerous situations As I read this, I had to keep reminding myself that this was a work of fiction, and not a memoir This was difficult as Welch writes in a way that makes it feel very real It might seem like a depressing story, and I ll admit, it IS a sad story the life th [...]

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