Days That End in Y

Paperback | February 1, 2013

byVikki VanSickle

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Clarissa tries to find her happily-ever-after in this clever, heartfelt follow-up to Love Is a Four-Letter Word!

One summer. That's all the time it takes to set your world spinning - or so Clarissa learns. Feeling abandoned by Mattie (camp), Benji (drama school), and even Michael (babysitting), Clarissa feels even more alone when her mother tells her she's marrying Doug. This announcement gets Clarissa thinking about her father, and her search for answers leads to her stumbling upon information about the secret teenage life of her mother, and more importantly, about Bill, her absentee father.

Things get complicated when she spots a man who looks a lot like Bill. Approaching him winds up revealing a whole world of surprises that threaten to shake her image of her mother forever.

Will Clarissa be able to move beyond the past and take part in Annie's vision of the future? Happily ever after has never seemed so impossible.

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Clarissa tries to find her happily-ever-after in this clever, heartfelt follow-up to Love Is a Four-Letter Word!One summer. That's all the time it takes to set your world spinning - or so Clarissa learns. Feeling abandoned by Mattie (camp), Benji (drama school), and even Michael (babysitting), Clarissa feels even more alone when her mo...

Vikki VanSickle is the author of Words That Start With B and its sequel, Love Is a Four-Letter Word. She is an active member of the children's literature community, presenting at academic conferences, reviewing books, and managing her popular children's lit blog. Currently, she splits her time between writing and working in marketing a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.72 × 5.02 × 0.45 inPublished:February 1, 2013Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick but poignant read Days that End in Y is technically the third book in a series, chronicling the experiences of one girl, Clarissa. I haven’t read the other two books in the series. It’s not necessary to understand what’s going on in this book. BUT if you’re anything like me, you’re going to love these characters so much. And you will want to read the whole series in order to have more time with them. More than anything I loved the way this novel explored the relationship between Clarissa and her parents. For most of her life it has just been Clarissa and her mom. They are quite close and it was nice to see a fictional parent so actively involved in the life of their child. But I also liked that they didn’t have a perfect wonderful relationship the whole time (because let’s face it – that’s not realistic either and perfect can be boring to read about). There is some very real strain put on their home life, when her mother’s fiance moves in with them. I think that Vikki VanSickle did a great job showing how that transition would be difficult, even if you like the person moving in with you. Clarissa also faces an interesting situation when she decides to seek out her father for the first time in her life. I think this is where I related to Clarissa the most. And I think a lot of kids will too. An absentee parent – or a parent that isn’t around quite as often – is sadly a pretty common situation these days. And it leaves kids with a lot of questions. I think Clarissa’s mother should have been more upfront about the situation but again Vikki did a great job showing how a family would handle this kind of problem. The whole thing felt very realistic. Since this is YA Pride, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Benji. Benji isn’t present “on page” for a lot of this book, but never the less you can tell how important he is to Clarissa. Clarissa and Benji are both at an age where they’re starting to figure things out about themselves. And for Benji that means coming out. His fear and apprehension about finally saying it out loud was touching and made me want to find him and sit with him and tell him everything was going to be fine. Recommendation: Days That End in Y deals with a lot of sensitive topics but it does so honestly. It treats these topics seriously, but it’s also a funny book and a really enjoyable read. Clarissa and Benji are fabulous characters, the setting is relatable. All around a highly recommended middle grade story! This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Real not to mention hilarious The Good Stuff Confession time: I have both of the other books in the series and I have never read them. I was just too nervous. I know Vikki and I was worried that if they suc**d I wouldn't be able to look her in the eye. However, Scholastic sent me the latest in the series and I had to review it. Thanks Scholastics -- I loved, loved, loved the book & know I got two more books to review Clarissa is delightfully raw, honest, strong, imperfect and just so very real Reminds me of Judy Blume - and yes that is a good thing because Blume is kick a** Wryly funny Canadian! Laughed because my husband went to John A. MacDonald & I made out with a guy named Bill Davies once Really understands what its like to be young girl growing up Supporting characters are just as well developed as Clarissa Love the friendships The relationship between Clarissa and her mom is marvelous Enjoyed the fact that nothing was tied up sweetly or unrealistically The Not So Good Stuff I now have guilt issues about not reading the other 2 books Favorite Quotes/Passages "I don't see what's so great about it," I mutter. "It's like school except you have to sleep over. Outside.' Mattie gasps. "Camp is not like school," she says. "There aren't any assignments or essays or teachers." "But don't you have counselors that teach you stuff." (This conversation goes on from here and its hilarious - worth the price of the book alone) "Smiles at the expense of Denise are rare. Mom is Denise's number one defender and rarely acknowledges her crazy factor, which is significant." "(Does baby like his tummy tickled? Who's a silly boy?). No wonder it takes kids so long to learn to talk. No one ever asks them anything interesting." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Perfect for girls of any age. Both those in this age category and for anyone my age who can still remember what it was like to be that age 5 Dewey's I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2013-03-03

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Praise for Love Is a Four-Letter Word:CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2012"Humorous and poignant all at once." -Resource Links"This book expertly portrays the emotional frenzy of early adolescence. This is a sweet and sensitive story that is perfect for any middle school or junior high aged girl." -Canadian Children's Book News"Like Like Words That Start With B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word continues to provide an honest outlook of a pre-teen figuring out her relationships and the world around her." -CM MagazinePraise for Words That Start With B:Shortlisted, CBA Libris Awards - Young Reader Book of the Year, 2011CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2011Recommended, IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2011"A well-crafted and enjoyable first effort from a writer who is obviously tuned into the minds and emotions of young teens." -Quill & Quire"Clarissa and Benji offer a fresh, honest look at life as an outsider, when you don't quite belong and don't quite know who you are. They're funny and relatable and exactly the kind of characters kids should be reading in today's It Gets Better age." -CBC Books"A fresh and honest look at a girl's school year in that wonderful, horrible, confusing time known as Grade Seven." -Canadian Bookseller Magazine"Words That Start With B is the story of how a feisty girl battles a year of surprises, if not with grace, then with a lot of humour." -Open Book Toronto