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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!! Jan. 25 2002
It all started on February afternoon when Lauren was leaning against a cart full of books in the library. Leaning on a bookshelf in the community library, Lauren was skimming through a novel and sinking into Dickinson's words. She forgot about everything around her and concentrated on this wonderful book she had picked up. Forgetting where she was, she sat there daydreaming when suddenly; Vanessa and Spencer were walking toward her. Before she knew it, she felt her face burning. Vanessa was one of the prettiest and the most popular girl in school. She was dating Spencer, who had been Lauren's best friend when they were younger. Spencer had grown up to be as handsome as a boy could ever get and had no time for quiet and bookish Lauren. Because Lauren wasn't very popular, Spencer didn't get along with her anymore, which was actually devastating for Lauren because she had cared very much about him. Downing slowly describes how the special friendship between Spencer and Lauren had evolved into love towards each other.
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.
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By Amy
I will never EVER forget this book. The first time I read TWBB (9 years ago) I couldn't stop thinking about it. Since then I have aquired three copies of it. (all tattered and torn with underlined parts and dogeared pages) Spencer and Lauren's relationship has since inspired me in my own life and in my writing. I think perhaps this was the first book that awoke my love for creating my "own little world" in literature. I devoured it (like Lauren devours romance novels;) I think I have nearly memorized it. I have since read heavier and such books but this book... it has stayed with me as my number one favorite and it always will be. (me and my friend even started writing our favorite quotes on her bedroom wall and by the time her mom noticed it was too late;) All I can say is.. read it... then read it again and again. There will be something new each time. Every girl that read this book will fall hoplessly in love with Spencer and find Lauren to be kindred spirit like I did, every guy will be captivated by Lauren and envious and curious of Spencer and by the time you are done there will be a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes and you will want to find what these two have. This book and it's character has been a great friend to me.
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I first read this book in my sophomore year of high school and it has been one of my favorite books ever since. Every person can find something within this story that speaks to them in a personal and profound way. It is so much more than just a young adult romance. Laura and Spencer deal with issues that most adults have not yet resolved in their own lives. I'm currently a college student and I have read this book at least once every year since I first discovered it. Each time I read it I find something new that I can relate to. It is a tender tale of young love but more importantly it makes a statement about people's struggle with despair, a struggle we have all been through at one point in our lives. This book tells the reader that love is not an easy path to tread but an utimately rewarding one. I will probably continue to read this book every year of my life because it is that powerful and timeless.I have recommended this book to all of my friends, male and female, and not one of them have come away from reading it without being deeply moved and finding a part of themselves in the process. This book is truly one that should be read by everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wind Blows Backward March 9 2001
By Kelly
Lauren has had to deal with struggles all her life. She is constantly made fun of in school, her father left her family when she was only five years old, and she has never been very close to her mother. In her senior year of high school things start looking up, her friend, Spencer, from Junior High, starts to notice her again and talk to her. But she soon find out that the reason he needed to talk to her was because he couldn't find anyone that would undertand him anymore. He confides in Lauren and tells her that he has been thinking about suicide. He is having aq hard time dealing with life, he feels like a failure to his family. He feels like he can't fit the mold of the perfect child anymore. Lauren is the only one Spencer can depend on anymore and she has to prove to him that life is still worth living. This book gives you a look into Lauren's life and the conflicts she has to deal with in everyday life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
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 more
Published on Jan. 25 2007 by A. Briscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Best teen romance novel
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 more
Published on April 13 2004 by taryn miller
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!!
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 more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Tara Chipman
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever
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 more
Published 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 more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by "starryskyz5397"
5.0 out of 5 stars Inlook
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
4.0 out of 5 stars H. Williams
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 more
Published on Oct. 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
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 more
Published on March 7 2003 by "July Lady"
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
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 more
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by Therese Nguyen
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book.
I read this book in the 7th grade when I was 13. I'm 15 now and I am planning to buy this book. It is a type of book that once you pick it up you can't put it down. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by "ewtrucks"
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