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The Wind Blows Backward [Hardcover]

Mary Downing Hahn
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April 20 1993
Lauren and Spencer share a love of poetry, and both have problems with their parents. But when Lauren realizes that she is falling in love with Spencer, she also begins to recognize his moody and self-destructive side.

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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.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Jan. 25 2007
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 such as this. A must read for preteens and teens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best teen romance novel April 13 2004
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. It grabs your attention from the first page to the last. This is a book that is quite relevent to teenage life in todays society. I would recommend it to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!! Feb. 29 2004
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! It doesnt go into detail about stuff that u dont need to know. and its so cute. You will wish u had a relationship like theres, its so pure. There is so much love in the air when u read this! YOU SHOULD READ THIS! Its like ur watching a movie! i couldnt put the book down i was so into it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever Oct. 29 2003
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. Any teenage girl between 14 to even 21 should read this book. I am now 24 and find myself picking up the book on a rainy day and still enjoying it like it was the first time I read it. Wouldn't it be cool if the book turned into a movie???
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD BOOK! RECCOMENDED READING! Oct. 18 2003
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. I almost cried at some parts, but when a book makes me cry, it must be really good. I reccomend this to all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inlook Oct. 14 2003
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars H. Williams Oct. 14 2003
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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. It was filled with alot of drama and some moments of suspense. One thing that I didn't like was that it was sort of slow paced and seemed to drag on in some parts, but it was worth continuing to read. All in all, it was a pretty enjoyable book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good March 8 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. Lauren and Spencer was best friends in junior high, but dropped her, when they made it to highschool for the more popular kids. It's senior year, and now Spencer wants to reclaim Lauren's friendship, he feels like Lauren is the only one who truly knows him. Lauren doesn't know how to take Spencer sudden interested for friendship with her again. The two starts dating, and Lauren quickly realizes Spencer has secrets, and has a deep depression about his life. I throught the book was good, Lauren was there for Spencer when he needed her most. The only problem I had with the book is that I think Lauren might have moved a little too fast with Spencer as far as taking the relationship to the next level sexually. Still a good read.
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