The Break by Nelsa RobertoThe Break by Nelsa Roberto

The Break

byNelsa Roberto

Paperback | March 1, 2012

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Abby Lambert's plans to ski with friends over spring break are ruined when her surgeon mother and stepfather announce they have to leave the country on an emergency medical mission. Instead of partying with her friends, Abby must stay home and look after her increasingly confused grandmother. &nbspAt the nursing home where Nonna likes to play bingo, Abby runs into her notoriously aloof classmate Kyle who volunteers there. Despite his arrogance and mysterious past she finds herself drawn to him. Maybe staying home for Spring Break won't be so bad - except for Nonna's weird behaviour, which seems to be escalating. Abby manages things pretty well . . . until one terrifying and desperate night, when life as she knows it changes forever.
Nelsa Roberto was born in a remote logging community in northern Ontario, grew up in a farming community in southern Ontario, and now lives in Toronto with her husband, three children, and a Golden Retriever.
Title:The BreakFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Great Plains PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926531205

ISBN - 13:9781926531205

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Break a Respite from Bad YA Literature There’s nothing better than a good book, except maybe a great free book. I was pleasantly surprised to have received a copy of Nelsa Roberto’s, The Break, from the publisher on twitter. When I opened the package, I discovered a book with an intriguing cover printed on ecologically friendly paper. I am not really a fan of YA Literature as a reader, but as a teacher soon to be teaching junior high literature, I have been spending my summer looking for books that kids would actually want to read. I remember being forced and coerced into reading Summer of the Swans and not really caring that Sara’s shoes had turned puce. Therefore, I opened my copy of The Break to a typical scene of a daughter, Abby, and her mother in a heated debate over the care of Nonna, a dear grandmother who has begun suffering the debilitating effects of dementia. In the first few pages, I felt that I should be a 14 year old girl in a pink room complete with Justin Bieber poster in order to enjoy this book. But very shortly, after the first 10 pages, Roberto’s control of her writing and her endearing characterization of Nonna had me hooked and I had to read on to find out what was going to happen next. As a reader, I found myself appreciating the headstrongness of Abby, the granddaughter of Nonna. She is articulate and bright with independent thought even though she is a cheerleader and a high school drama star. She is caring and compassionate and does not appear to indulge in a life of privilege that includes having a successful heart surgeon mother and living in a McMansion. Abby is also reviled by the thought of putting Nonna into a retirement community and constantly denies the eventual decline of her grandmother. Roberto then revs up the plot to full gear and really gets the story going. Highlights of the novel include an awkward attraction, an unlikely pairing, crotchety seniors, fair weather friends, parties, police, drugs, and death. Summer of the Swans, this book is not, nor is full of Sweet Valley High romance that is overblown and over glamourized. It includes the real feelings that echo the awkwardness of those learning to love. The reader is gripped by a story of carefully deliberate prose and by a well-crafted, quick paced plot highlighted by intrigue, sadness, and triumph. Roberto is to be commended for creating a novel that demonstrates the intelligence and foibles of young adults as they learn lessons that are universal for all.
Date published: 2012-08-08

Editorial Reviews

"This is a realistic novel with a dash of romance that teens will find appealing."&nbsp - The Winnipeg Free Press "Recommended" - CM Magazine