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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (Aug. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452284554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452284555
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 21 2003
Format: Hardcover
It's really sad how something can be so one-sided. I happen to know who Beth is and have lived in the same town she does, for many years. While her sister, the author of this book, makes it look like only a handful of busdrivers and fellow passengers are annoyed by Beth, it's really the other way around. The majority of drivers and passengers do NOT like her.
Don't get me wrong--they sympathize with the fact that she is mentally retarded; however, that doesn't mean she's stupid. She knows full-well what she is doing and saying, and it seems she loves to irk people by boasting and bragging that she "doesn't have to work" while all the rest of us are on our way to work when we hear this on the bus.
Being a witness to what Beth does, daily, it bothers me that the readers of this book will think she is some type of "hero" or that she is well-loved. Neither is true. I've witnessed an elderly man send her blocks away to buy him a soda, just so she would MISS the bus they were both waiting for. He didn't want to put up with her on the ride home. If you're into fairy tales, I guess this is the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jody Weidel on Sept. 10 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am one of the bus drivers mentioned in the book and can testify to the fact that this book tells the truth about how Beth, the handicaped sister, acts on the bus and how others treat her. It also addresses the fact that people like to belittle her. People do struggle with the rather new fact that the handicaped are more free than in the past. This book addresses that. The book is a great light for all of us to follow. Beth's sister is led to the path of acceptance and love and out of the darkness of misunderstanding. Reading this book will do the same for anyone with an open heart. Highly recomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
this book teaches a great deal about self-determination in everyone's lives it is one of the best memoirs I ever read in my 12 years of living ~Rachel touches our hearts with the true words of her life with what she once overcame with her sister Beth~ She teaches and learns herself to be more open in the world around her as I did learn to ~This is one book you should neve regret reading, as I did once but came to enjoy it~ Through her book you reach the sad ends where it makes you cry, the happy ends where it makes you smile and the funny ends where it makes you laugh...this book touched my heart dearly~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
My mother mentioned this book to me after hearing the author interviewed on NPR. I thought she'd read it. She's usually read everything. I found it at the library, took it home, and read it in one sitting. I am the oldest of three sisters. The second oldest is MMR and wasn't actually diagnosed until the age of 18. I was four when Mom brought her home from the hospital and I remember wondering if we could send her back.
Working in the transportation industry along with having a sister who is developmentally disabled, I was bound to like this book. My favorite part was Rachel's realization of what self-determination actually means. My family and I struggle with this in regards to my sister and her choices.
I plan to buy this book for my boss as my one year anniversary present to myself. Every bus driver who drives the public and/or the disabled should be required to read it.
This book showed me that as a sibling of a woman with developmental disabilities I am not alone. Thanks Rachel!
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By Isadore Ann on Nov. 10 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book after a recommendation and at first, I'll admit, the story line did not interest me. However, I soon found this to be a uniquely told story of the challenges of having a mentally-challenged individual in one's life. While the main story line is about a mentally-challenged sister, the underlying story line consists of the author's revelation that her sister seems to have a more well-adjusted life than her. I enjoyed her honest revelations and the skillful way she described each bus driver and of course, her sister.
From the author of The Difference Now.
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By A Customer on June 1 2004
Format: Paperback
Rachel Simon is a woman in her late 30's to early 40's, living alone. She is unhappy with herself and lifestyle, which consists of writing and teaching all day long in Philadelphia. Beth, her sister with mental retardation, invites Rachel to attend her "Plan of Care" meeting, just after Rachel writes an article about riding the bus with sister, Beth. Just after this scheduled meeting, Beth challenges Rachel to ride the bus with her for a year, but they agree to two times a week for a year. This also meant sleeping over at Beth's apartment on sofa cushions that were set up on the floor. On these bus rides, Rachel learns little "facts of life" lessons from each of the bus drivers that Beth shares her rides with. Rachel is soon to realize and accepts just who her sister and herself truly is. She understands and learns to be content, to work at her faults to make them better, and not to be afraid of what leads her to happiness.
A few things I didn't like about this book was that it was slow at times. The book's progress in dialog could have been hindered by my lack of understanding at the beginning of the book and because it was confusing. Another possibility could be because I was confused by one of the extra books changing of tense from present to past childhood memories. I didn't like the fact that Rachel was shallow at times. Rachel also had a hard time accepting her sister for who she was and was too afraid of everyone else's thoughts.
There are much more positives, than I had dislikes about. This book ends with a happy note and Rachel changes. Rachel learns how to be happy, and camas's to find out that she wasn't the only one with siblings that have mental disabilities. Beth Also changes, she learns that she words can hurt more than she thinks they will. Beth sees how being difficult and stubborn pushes her family away. In conclusion, I liked this book a lot and would recommend it to family with a disabled person.
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