Top positive review
on January 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. Lauren doesn't take long to realize that Spencer was full of rage and haunted by intense mood swings. Will Lauren hang around as he destroys her life along with his?
The Wind Blows Backward is written by award winning author Mary Downing Hahn. It is a very strong book about love and how two passionate teenagers rely on each other. Narrated in first person, this book evolves slowly, but not leaving out any single detail. Downing makes the characters and setting seem so real that you might actually think you're there. It's and outrageous book on realistic fiction that I would recommend only to those who like to read about love and friendship.