The Wind Blows Backward Hardcover – Apr 20 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
A high-school girl perseveres through a disturbing relationship; PW praised the "realistic empathy and deft style" of Hahn's "taut and emotionally driven story." Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grade 9-12-- High school seniors Lauren and Spencer cling to one other in an insensitive world peopled by affluent, snobbish classmates and preoccupied adults. They had been middle school misfits, bonded by braces and a love of fantasy and science fiction. But time, different lifestyles, and peer pressure interferred. He became the "Prince of Jocks," while she remained an introverted loner. When he suddenly rekindles their friendship, Lauren is wary until she realizes that Spencer is deeply troubled and values the honesty and camaraderie they once shared. As their romance intensifies, he confides that he is haunted by his father's suicide and disturbed by his pretentious lifestyle and uncommunicative mother. Drunk and depressed on graduation night, he is nearly killed in a motorcycle accident. His physical, psychological, and emotional healing begins with devoted Lauren by his side. The couple confronts modern perils of youth--sex, alcohol, and suicide--with little adult intervention. Lauren's divorced mother is sympathetic but distracted by her own romantic involvement. Spencer's mother and stepfather are more concerned with social appearances than reality. Mr. Walker, their English teacher, dismisses the young man's poetic perception of death as plagiarism. Stereotype characters abound; and, the nearly tragic climax is a long time coming. Nonetheless, YA readers will identify with the pressures, conflicts, and concerns facing these teens. And, poetry fans will enjoy excerpts from Keats and Whitman. --Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, NC
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Lauren and Spencer are in senior year. Since Lauren misses that special friendship she had had with Spencer, she closes in on herself and doesn't ever talk to anyone because she thinks she will be rejected just as she was rejected by the person she loved with all her heart. Barely, Spencer makes a way back into Lauren's lonely life. Spending more time with her, going to study hall together and inviting her for ice cream, he makes Lauren wonder what is going on. Spencer even broke up with his beloved girlfriend, which no one thought would ever happen. Does this mean Spencer is falling in love with her? Lauren was ready to expect the unexpected.
Spencer shares his feeling and fears as well as his darkest secrets with her.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love this book. In high school I was in a relationship very much like the one in this story. The author does a wonderful job relating to the emotions felt by teens in situations... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2007 by A. Briscoe
Mary Downing Hahn is one of my favorite authors and "The wind blows backward" has to be my all time favorite novel of hers and any other. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by taryn miller
I would recommend this book to anyone! its the sweetest book i have ever read! i would definitly read it over and over again. I absolutly loved it! Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Tara Chipman
I read this book for the first time when I was about 15 and I identified with the main character Lauren so much at the time. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Kathy Olson
I think that this book was a great book. It was very descriptive and thourough so that you could get the entire feel of every moment. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003
This is one of the best books i have ever read. It shows that everone has weak points, even teens that are idolized. This book provides a look into the world of teenage conformity.Published on Oct. 14 2003
I liked the book " The Wind Blows Backward" because it was written espically for teenagers in my age group, although I think that girls would prefer it more than boys. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003
The Wind Blows Backward is one of my books from my younger days. Lauren, is a painfully shy highschool senior, who can't wait for school to be over, Spencer is the popular kid. Read morePublished on March 7 2003 by "July Lady"
I reccommend anybody who love to read romance can read this book! IT specify every single character details so clearly that you can just know exactly who they are, without even... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2003 by Therese Nguyen