Fifteen-year-old Addy panics and runs back to her room, her heart pounding. She can't do it. She can't go to school. Addy is afraid of taking even one step out of the house. And it's worse than that. She can't hear people when they're right in front of her, yet she hears voices that no one else can. Addy feels as if she's falling apart. Where can she turn? Her parents haveFifteen-year-old Addy panics and runs back to her room, her heart pounding. She can't do it. She can't go to school. Addy is afraid of taking even one step out of the house. And it's worse than that. She can't hear people when they're right in front of her, yet she hears voices that no one else can. Addy feels as if she's falling apart. Where can she turn? Her parents have just split up and her one real friend is a thousand miles away. Addy wishes she were back at her old school, but she knows there's no going back. The trouble is, she can't move forward. She can't even leave her room. Margaret Buffie's Angels Turn Their Backs is a compelling, supernatural thriller about a girl whose life is suddenly turned upside down by agoraphobia....
|Title||:||Angels Turn Their Backs|
|Number of Pages||:||239 Pages|
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Angels Turn Their Backs Reviews
I remember reading this book as a teenager and I can't believe how much it has stuck with me as an adult. I literally just spent two hours sifting online trying to figure out what book this was using only the keywords "angel" and "agoraphobia". I literally could not be happier to have found this book.
Real Rating: 4.5Angels Turn Their Backs was written in 1998 by Margaret Buffie. It tells the story of Addy Jarrick, an apprehensive, introverted girl who suffers from agoraphobia: the fear of leaving the safety of one's home. After she and her mom leave her dad in Toronto to live in Winnipeg due to her mother's new job, Addy does not want to leave the believed safety of this new apartment. Over the course of the book, she has to learn to cope with her fear while also dealing with the issues of living in this new environment, especially the mysterious past of the building's previous owner.Cons:I have very little problems with this book. The only thing I can think of is that the supernatural side of the book is disappointing. I was expecting that there was something special about Addy that she was just discovering, like being psychic or something. I'm not going to spoil what is really happening, but it's not what I thought.Pros:Everything else about this book is fantastic! Besides the disappointing supernatural side of it, the story is great!Every character is likeable, although I suspect that some may not like Addy that much due to her personality (hopefully that will change once they really get to understand her). One of my favorite characters has to be Victor the parrot. This bird is hilarious!The book only takes place in this one apartment building, which was a risky decision by Ms. Buffie because it could have caused the book to be boring due to lack of setting variety. Overall though, it pays off for the better! By staying in this one setting, we can more easily get inside Addy's head and view this place as a safe haven.The themes are also great! The book discusses fear, living with hardship both physically and mentally, and making sure that your sanity is still in check. But it also talks about overcoming those challenges with the help of those close to you. This is a great book for anyone with reserved and apprehensive personalities.Conclusion:In conclusion, Angels Turn Their Backs is a delightful read with a mostly great story, characters, setting, and themes. While I wish that the supernatural side had been more involved with the story or at least what I had expected it to be, this complaint is really more of my nitpicky side. As someone who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, I found Addy and her predicament to be one of the most relatable, personal stories that I have ever read about.
This is a good picture of all the emotions involved when someone is having what people might call a 'mental problem'. It's accurate and doesn't explain away everything. A lot of times in situations like this there are not clear answers for everything.
One of the best books I read as a young teen and continues to be at the top of my list!
If you know someone who has, or you yourself have, panic attacks/social anxiety, you should read this. It taught me a little about what my sister goes through, and it also was a really good story.