Hurricane Season
This debut novel—about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out—will make its way straight into your heart.Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is a stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. It’s also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out. And more than anything else, it is a story of the healing power of love—and the limits of that power.

Hurricane Season Details

TitleHurricane Season
Author
ReleaseMay 7th, 2019
PublisherAlgonquin Young Readers
ISBN-139781616209063
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, LGBT, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary

Hurricane Season Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    Fig may look like any other 6th grader but due to some pretty serious issues at home, she finds herself in an almost constant state of anxiety. She lives alone with her father, a once renowned pianist, who is living with bipolar disorder. As a consequence of this, Fig's role is often more one of parent than child.Regardless of daily struggles, Fig loves her father with her whole heart and she knows that he loves her too. He is trying his hardest, he really is, but without any sort of outside ass Fig may look like any other 6th grader but due to some pretty serious issues at home, she finds herself in an almost constant state of anxiety. She lives alone with her father, a once renowned pianist, who is living with bipolar disorder. As a consequence of this, Fig's role is often more one of parent than child.Regardless of daily struggles, Fig loves her father with her whole heart and she knows that he loves her too. He is trying his hardest, he really is, but without any sort of outside assistance or treatment, they are barely getting by.After an embarrassing incident at school, one of Fig's teachers becomes concerned and ends up contacting Child Protective Services. Now being watched by a social worker, Fig feels even more pressure to maintain their household, projecting as much normalcy as she can. During an art class, she learns a bit about Vincent Van Gogh and his mental health issues. She can see similarities between Van Gogh's personality and her father's so she decides to find out all she can about him in an effort to better understand how her father's mind works.Through all of this, Fig is also going through things any 6th grader would go through. Feeling out of place at school, tension with some friends and discovering her own sexuality.This book is so beautiful and pure. I adore Fig with my whole heart. She was such a precious little bean who is wise beyond her years. Her relationship with her best friend, Danny, was just so precious, as was her crush on Hannah, the girl who works at her local library.I was very impressed with the writing and feel that Melleby does a seamless job of inserting important topics into the narrative without them seeming forced. The story felt very organic and real.I was a legit emotional mess upon finishing this. It was just gorgeous. The strength of the bond between Fig and her father. His will to overcome and work through his illness any way he could, it was...ugh...no words. My heart is full.I would recommend this to anyone. Even though this is a Middle Grade story, I think this can absolutely be enjoyed by readers of all ages!
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  • Naomi Milliner
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful, must-read book for MG readers - and their parents. Covering everything from Vincent Van Gogh (in the best way possible) to mental illness to sexuality, this debut novel has it all - and it is all done with grace and compassion and great care. Fig and her story will stay with you long after you turn the last page, which is as breathtaking as its cover - and that says a lot.
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  • Joshua Levy
    January 1, 1970
    I do not have the words for how much I enjoyed HURRICANE SEASON, or how important a book I think it will be to many kids. Fig and her dad are on their own. She's a sixth grader, trying to navigate that tumultuous age--while simultaneously taking care of her dad, an out-of-the-game musician whose mental health has deteriorated over time. Fig has the whole world on her shoulders, and then some. And she handles that burden with the absolutely perfect blend of grace and frazzled exhaustion.I don't s I do not have the words for how much I enjoyed HURRICANE SEASON, or how important a book I think it will be to many kids. Fig and her dad are on their own. She's a sixth grader, trying to navigate that tumultuous age--while simultaneously taking care of her dad, an out-of-the-game musician whose mental health has deteriorated over time. Fig has the whole world on her shoulders, and then some. And she handles that burden with the absolutely perfect blend of grace and frazzled exhaustion.I don't say this lightly: HURRICANE SEASON is an extraordinary achievement. It soars on the back of its big themes: Family, mental health, learning to be okay with who you love. But it was particularly powerful in the small moments: Fig contending with feelings for the girl who works at her library. Fig being overwhelmed with emotion (and not just gratitude) at small kindnesses. Fig's grounded territorialism about who has the right to save her dad. Her frustration at the reality that it can't fall to her alone.(Also, I won't lie: I learned a ton about Vincent Van Gogh.)There are a lot of incredible middle grade books coming out in 2019. Please read this one.
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  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Mini review:I received this E-ARC via Algonquin Young Readers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. DNFTrigger warning: Mention of ‘sick’ parent. Most likely mental illness. And child services. Till the point I read. When I heard about this book through the publisher I was sold! I was so excited and happy when I got an arc. Unfortunately it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the writing style. And didn’t much care for the plot or the characters. I can’t speak for the mental illness rep. Thou Mini review:I received this E-ARC via Algonquin Young Readers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. DNFTrigger warning: Mention of ‘sick’ parent. Most likely mental illness. And child services. Till the point I read. When I heard about this book through the publisher I was sold! I was so excited and happy when I got an arc. Unfortunately it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the writing style. And didn’t much care for the plot or the characters. I can’t speak for the mental illness rep. Though from other reviewers I’ve heard it’s good. Still recommend.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Algonquin Young Readers. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. I'mma just sit here and be drenched in the hurricane of feels please and thank you.Stop whatever you're doing right here and now and please add this book to your TBR. Seriously. This is one of the best middle grade books that I ever read, a Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Algonquin Young Readers. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. I'mma just sit here and be drenched in the hurricane of feels please and thank you.Stop whatever you're doing right here and now and please add this book to your TBR. Seriously. This is one of the best middle grade books that I ever read, and I just CANNOT. I'm just over here curled into a ball because this book almost made me cry - yes, REAL ACTUAL TEARS COMING FROM THIS COLD HEARTED NON-BOOK CRIER - and wogmnlwegnealrg I JUST CAN'T.Things to love about this book: well, basically, everything, but I'll try to form coherent sentences to explain.- the heart. Omigosh, this book has SO SO SO much heart. It will take all of your feels, squeeze them together, force you to embrace them, and then squish them back inside you. That doesn't even make sense, but that's how I feel. Everything in this book made me happy, sad, uplifted, energized, and more! - the writing. The writing was so so good. It was so easy to read, and easy to understand, and there was nothing confusing, and I like just binged this book so easy and like, if you are reading this as one long sentence that is me out of breath, it's exact like that. I will definitely be picking up whatever Melleby writes in the future.- Fig. Omigosh, Figgggggggggggggg. I love her so much. She has a wonderful voice. She is real and messy and loving and caring and so so so strong and brave. She has been taking care of her dad her entire life, and she so desperately wants to love and be loved. She is wise beyond her years, but she is also exactly her age. She gets jealous and petty, but that's exactly how anyone would act in her situation. Ugh, she is just so realistic and you canNOT help but root for her. Mandy = her #1 cheerleader and you gonna have to fight me if you want to take this position. - the mental health aspect. This book shows the highs and lows of dealing with a loved one's mental health struggles. Fig's dad has bi-polar disorder, and he has high highs and low lows. We see it all, and his struggle to become better - and Melleby does not ever wrap it in a nice little bow. She shows how messy and rewarding the journey is. - coming of age aspect. Not only is Fig going through all of this, she is still going through the struggles of being a kid turning into a teen and finding who she is as a person. While she deals with maybe mean girls, a new friendship, and figuring out her sexuality and her attraction to the high school girl at the library, she stands through it all with so much heart and bravery. - the other cast of characters. Omg, Mark and her dad were so much love. UGH. I can't. Just let me be in my feels with them. Let's just say the cast of characters were amazing and dynamic and JUST READ THIS BOOK OKAY.There is so much else that was amazing in this book, but seriously, just stop reading this review and go pre-order this fantastic book. It's a story for all ages, and IT IS JUST SO GOOD. Ugh, I can't anymore. I just need to go in a corner somewhere. 5 crowns and an Aurora rating because it's a true classic!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusFig (given name Finola) and her father Tim live along the coast in New Jersey. Her father was an up and coming composer and performer before Fig's birth, but after her arrival, her mother left and her father struggled with the creative process. He has good days and bad days, and is especially disturbed by storms, which frequent their area at certain times of year. When her father comes to school in a very agitated state looking for Fig, her art teacher calls children's p E ARC from Edelweiss PlusFig (given name Finola) and her father Tim live along the coast in New Jersey. Her father was an up and coming composer and performer before Fig's birth, but after her arrival, her mother left and her father struggled with the creative process. He has good days and bad days, and is especially disturbed by storms, which frequent their area at certain times of year. When her father comes to school in a very agitated state looking for Fig, her art teacher calls children's protective services and has the family under watch. Fig feels that if she can keep everything together at home and do well on an art project about Van Gogh, her father will seem competent and they will be able to stay together. She gets help from an unlikely source, new neighbor Mark, who rescues her father from a storm and slowly starts helping the two put some coping mechanisms in place. Fig is able to let Mark handle some issues, and relaxes enough to try to make some friends, including Danny, who "like likes" her. However, when her father comes to a Halloween party looking for her, again in an agitated state, Mark takes even more action and makes sure that the father goes to a doctor and gets the help he so desperately needs. Adjusting to the medication isn't easy, but it does seem to improve things, as does the stable presence of Mark. Tim and Mark become romantically involved, children's protective services are pleased that Tim is making progress, and Fig is able to turn her attention back to the academic and social aspects of middle school.Strengths: It was refreshing to see a child in crisis at a moment when concerned adults were beginning to get involved. Fig's life has been difficult, but when it starts to become impossible, there are people there to help her. I think this is an important reassurance for young readers and a reminder that they should go to trusted adults if they have problems. Fig's attitude is understandable, and she tries her best to hold things together by being the adult but also trying her best in school. She is lonely for friends, but not romantically interested in Danny, mainly because she's 11, but also because she has a crush on an older girl who works at the library. Van Gogh and his problems are worked into the story in an interesting way, and the cover is a nice reflection of that theme.Weaknesses: There were a lot of issues. The dad's bipolar disorder, Fig's abandonment by her mother, Mark and Tim's relationship, Fig's questioning of her sexuality, and even a passing mention of Danny's father being in drug rehab. That's all fine; it's all appropriate to this age group, but by mentioning so many different things, it makes each one of them seem less believable to readers who may have no background knowledge about some of them. Having Fig's father be gay or bisexual is one thing, but to also have Fig be questioning makes both situations seem more unlikely and forced.What I really think: This was well written and enjoyable, but I will have to see if I need more books of this kind. With a limited budget, I can buy only a small percentage of each type of book, and books with sad issues and children overcoming adversity make up a large number of 2019 releases.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    An emotionally-rich story about a sixth-grade girl struggling to make sense of and care for her father, a famous musician, who has become increasingly mercurial and ill as a result of undiagnosed bipolar disorder. To figure him out, Fig immerses herself in biographies of Vincent Van Gogh, an artist whose temperament reminds her of her father's. If she studies art and this particular artist, she thinks, she'll understand her father better and perhaps unlock his secrets. While at the library, Fig An emotionally-rich story about a sixth-grade girl struggling to make sense of and care for her father, a famous musician, who has become increasingly mercurial and ill as a result of undiagnosed bipolar disorder. To figure him out, Fig immerses herself in biographies of Vincent Van Gogh, an artist whose temperament reminds her of her father's. If she studies art and this particular artist, she thinks, she'll understand her father better and perhaps unlock his secrets. While at the library, Fig develops a crush on the high school girl working at the circulation counter and befriends a classmate (Danny), who is also in her art class. At home, she finds herself relying on a new neighbor, both thankful and troubled by his developing relationship with her dad. Through all of this, Fig watches the weather and worries about the physical and emotional toll an impending hurricane might take on those she loves.
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  • Jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Synopsis Fionla ("Fig") is a sixth grader with a lot on her plate. Suffering from a psychiatric disorder that leaves him unable to make music anymore, her father is barely able to function on the best of days. No longer selling out large music halls, her dad makes ends meet by giving sporadic piano lessons when he's up for it.After her father made a few too many embarrassing outbursts at Fig's school and around the neighborhood, Child Services is closely monitoring them. Terrified of being ta Synopsis Fionla ("Fig") is a sixth grader with a lot on her plate. Suffering from a psychiatric disorder that leaves him unable to make music anymore, her father is barely able to function on the best of days. No longer selling out large music halls, her dad makes ends meet by giving sporadic piano lessons when he's up for it.After her father made a few too many embarrassing outbursts at Fig's school and around the neighborhood, Child Services is closely monitoring them. Terrified of being taken away from her father, Fig is desperate to understand his troubling mind. When an art project at school leads her to the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, the artist's turbulent life and struggle with mental illness seems to be the key Fig has been looking for. Review Hurricane Season is a beautiful exploration into mental illness and presents it in a very accessible and realistic way for both young and adult readers. It also explores sexual orientation in a practical manner that is helpful for young and old alike. Neither of these topics is portrayed as taboo or something to be ashamed of. They are simply just facts of life.Also, if you don't know a lot about Van Gogh's life or about storm season on the eastern seaboard, you'll certainly learn a lot while reading this. It was all pretty fascinating.AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT AMAZING COVER?! If you pick this one up, which I highly recommend that you do, bear in mind that this is aimed at middle school aged readers. It's a short read, but one that has no shortage of emotions. My heart constantly broke for Fig as I was reading this. As if being in sixth grade isn't hard enough with all the emotional and physical changes that occur at that age (and how horrible other sixth graders can be), she also has this constant fear of being taken away from her father looming over her life.We never meet her mother and all we learn about her is that she left the day Fig was born. It's always just been Fig and her dad against the world. It's devastating how much is on this poor kid's shoulders.It does end on a hopeful high note so don't worry about finishing this and being bereft. It also has left itself open to a sequel, one I would eagerly read if published. Final Thoughts Nicole Melleby has carefully written a moving tale about how mental illness can affect a family. It's not only a wonderful book, but it's a great tool for young readers to learn about mental illness, sexuality, and art history too. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this for the young readers in my life and some of the adults as well. Read my full review here! Hurricane Season Review by A Little Nerd Told Me Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this in exchange for a review.
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  • Gail Shepherd
    January 1, 1970
    Nicole Melleby's HURRICANE SEASON is just a flat-out beautiful middle-grade debut--it's hard to know where to begin to praise it. The novel follows Fig, a soulful sixth grader, as she worries and wonders about her brilliant, beloved father, a composer and pianist who, we learn over time, is manic depressive. The novel takes place over the course of hurricane season, a fraught time for Fig and her dad; he's obsessively drawn to storms, which seem to embody the swirling vortex of his own madness. Nicole Melleby's HURRICANE SEASON is just a flat-out beautiful middle-grade debut--it's hard to know where to begin to praise it. The novel follows Fig, a soulful sixth grader, as she worries and wonders about her brilliant, beloved father, a composer and pianist who, we learn over time, is manic depressive. The novel takes place over the course of hurricane season, a fraught time for Fig and her dad; he's obsessively drawn to storms, which seem to embody the swirling vortex of his own madness. When his erratic behavior brings social services to their door; Fig is sure she's going to be taken from him. Desperate to make sense of his illness, Fig is also obsessing on the biography and paintings of Vincent van Gough for a class project, convincing herself that her dad is destined for the same violent end as the artist. Melleby handles themes of mental illness, Fig's evolving sense of her attraction to other girls, and the psychic and spiritual demands of creativity with such sensitivity and grace. Her prose is pitch-perfect. Fig is so completely and carefully drawn that you can't help but fall in love with her. I can't recommend this hopeful, heartbreaking novel highly enough. Melleby is an author to watch. Note: I read an advance readers copy provided by the publisher.
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  • Sarah Gross
    January 1, 1970
    I’m probably biased because I grew up where this story takes place. Although my friends and I went to the junction for pizza instead of ice cream, I loved this book. Highly recommended for middle school classroom libraries!
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    It had been Fig and her dad against the world since she was born, but when one of her father's episodes captured the attention of Fig's art teacher, it became Fig and dad against the Child Protection & Permanency department. As the months counted down during this figurative and literal hurricane season, Fig could not help but wonder if she would be able to save her family. My emotions! My emotions! My heart was cracking in half during the early chapters of this books. It is always heartbreak It had been Fig and her dad against the world since she was born, but when one of her father's episodes captured the attention of Fig's art teacher, it became Fig and dad against the Child Protection & Permanency department. As the months counted down during this figurative and literal hurricane season, Fig could not help but wonder if she would be able to save her family. My emotions! My emotions! My heart was cracking in half during the early chapters of this books. It is always heartbreaking to read about children, who are thrust into grownup situations, caring for their grownup, when that grownup should really be caring for them. I sniffled and cried as Fig related how she paid the bills and made sure there was food, but what really killed me, was the isolation she suffered due to her peers, who lacked empathy and compassion. To make matters worse, Fig had to deal with the fear of being separated from the only parent she had ever known. But, Melleby allayed my fears by inserting a new neighbor into their lives, Mark. Fig first called on Mark out of fear during a storm, but Mark and Fig's dad develop a friendship, which eventually grew into more. The new situation left Fig feeling like the odd-man out, and these emotions, combined with her own fear of losing her father, on top of her discovering her feelings for another girl was a lot for Fig to process. Fig made it through her hurricane season ok, because there was always love in her home. Her father may have had vicious mood swings, but when he was "present", he was a caring and doting father. I found this to be a very beautiful story, and I really appreciated Melleby's approach to the various issues she explored, especially dad's mental illness. At one point, we learned that Fig's dad was bipolar, and there was never discussion of a "cure". Rather, they talk about managing the symptoms, the difficulties of finding the right medications, and how the highs and lows may return every now and again. I felt it was an honest depiction of the challenges faced by those with mental illnesses and their loved ones, and was grateful that Melleby approached it that way. Overall: A lovely and honest exploration of one girl's struggle to understand her father's illness while maintain her connection to him, which was emotional and touching, as well as hopeful. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever read a book that was just so EXACTLY what you needed to read in a certain moment? A few months ago I picked up my e-ARC of Nicole Melleby's debut middle grade, HURRICANE SEASON, during a difficult and emotional week when I was dealing with a lot of frustration over a relationship that was changing in ways I didn't want it to.I was immediately swept into the book by Nicole's lyrical prose, and the heartbreakingly bittersweet situation her heroine, Fig, finds herself in. I read quick Have you ever read a book that was just so EXACTLY what you needed to read in a certain moment? A few months ago I picked up my e-ARC of Nicole Melleby's debut middle grade, HURRICANE SEASON, during a difficult and emotional week when I was dealing with a lot of frustration over a relationship that was changing in ways I didn't want it to.I was immediately swept into the book by Nicole's lyrical prose, and the heartbreakingly bittersweet situation her heroine, Fig, finds herself in. I read quickly, completely immersed in Fig's world, and her courageous- but- misguided attempts to care alone for her sick father. I loved the way the details of the story—Fig's education in art and art history, her first crush and first coming-out moment, her father's hurricane obsession, and the new neighbor who might turn into something more—swirled together just as beautifully and evocatively as the Van Gogh-inspired cover art. Fig and her father are such tender and relatable characters, and their relationship is absolutely lovely, even as the dysfunction of their living situation is heartbreaking. Rarely do I feel quite so INSIDE a book world as I did with this one, like the story was becoming part of my DNA.But the most unexpected thing to me about the book was just how deeply it resonated, when I read it, with the frustration I had been dealing with myself that week. Much of Fig's journey is about coming to understand that change is not inherently bad, I'm not letting other people into the circle she and her father have made will add richness to their lives and their relationship rather than taking away from it. In that moment, my adult self understood so deeply the pain and anxiety that preteen Fig felt as she tried to navigate so many new things in her life. I closed the book feeling deeply touched and renewed in a way I could hardly even describe. A way that comes from reading just the right book at just the right time. ❤️HURRICANE SEASON releases on May 7th, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in one day!  Even though it is contemporary, I found it hard to put down.Fig lives with her dad.  She's 11 and her mom left when she was a day old.  So all she knows is living alone with her dad.  Her brilliant musician dad who is mentally ill.  Fig takes care of him, but it's getting so hard.  Hurricane season is the hardest.  For some reason, her dad leaves the house and goes to the ocean during a bad storm.  The police had to bring him home and got child protective services i I read this book in one day!  Even though it is contemporary, I found it hard to put down.Fig lives with her dad.  She's 11 and her mom left when she was a day old.  So all she knows is living alone with her dad.  Her brilliant musician dad who is mentally ill.  Fig takes care of him, but it's getting so hard.  Hurricane season is the hardest.  For some reason, her dad leaves the house and goes to the ocean during a bad storm.  The police had to bring him home and got child protective services involved.  Later a teacher calls them after Fig's dad shows up frantic at school.  So now they are visiting often, doing drug tests, and have given them the date at the end of November to discuss what will happen.  Fig is determined to keep her dad with her.Fig starts studying Van Gogh for an art project.  She starts seeing her dad as Van Gogh.  She reads everything she can on him.  Her dad hasn't written any songs since she was born, but he does give music lessons.  Fig loves math, not the arts, but she wants to connect with and understand her dad more.A new man moves in across the street and he starts helping Fig out with her dad.  Her dad likes him and Mark has a way of calming her dad down.  He helps her dad go to a doctor to find out what is wrong with him.  Once he's diagnosed as bi polar, Fig starts researching everything she can, too.  She feels like Mark is becoming too big of a part in their lives and she still wants to take care of her dad.  Even though it's getting to be too much.  We as readers get to see how it affects all aspects of Fig's life, including with kids at school.I thought the author did a great job with mental illness and what it can do to a family.  I'm not bi polar, so I can't say how accurate it is.  But I do have family members who are and it did seem familiar.  Figs emotions really showed throughout the book.  And the love between Fig and her father was pretty incredible.I gave this book 4  1/2 stars, rounded up to 5.  Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for sending me a physical copy for review.Warnings for mental illness, especially how erratic it can be.  Also for child protection services.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.Actual rating: 4.5 starsI requested this book because I am always, always on the hunt for that elusive middle grade novel that reads with the fluidity and nuance of a YA title. This one seemed like it could be that and it was. I can't wait to order this for my library and hand it out to all of my readers who devour realistic fiction (I do have a big draw for that) AND I'm glad to be able Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.Actual rating: 4.5 starsI requested this book because I am always, always on the hunt for that elusive middle grade novel that reads with the fluidity and nuance of a YA title. This one seemed like it could be that and it was. I can't wait to order this for my library and hand it out to all of my readers who devour realistic fiction (I do have a big draw for that) AND I'm glad to be able to offer another read about the nuances of mental illness and how it can affect a family. The writing in this was so sparse, but so clear, that you could feel what the characters were feeling and see what they were seeing which lets the reader in on the intense feelings of anxiety Fig, the main character, feels throughout. It was a terrific read.Fig is counting down for Hurricane Season to end. The date with the Child Protective agency coincides with the end of November, the end of the storm season, and a time when things should calm down for her dad. Her dad who is a brilliant pianist, a wonderful father, and a man who is incredibly hard to live with. He has days where he won't get out of bed, times when he shows up unannounced at school searching for Fig, and times when he chases the storms out at sea, standing and staring at the waters and the waves, searching for something that no one else seems to find. Fig is convinced that she is the only one that can take care of him, but even she realizes she needs help sometimes, so she asks Mark, the new neighbor, to come over. But then, it seems like he knows more about her dad than she does. Since she is always trying to be closer to him, Fig is determined to do well on her art project, which leads to a compulsive search on all things Van Gogh. As she learns more about Van Gogh, she learns more about her father, or at least she thinks she does. But she still isn't sure what she can do to help. Of course, what she has to learn is that an 11 year old won't be able to be the only thing that helps a parent with bipolar disorder. This is a fantastic look at mental illness, what it means to be a family, and how important it is to look for help.Highly recommend.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    *This ARC was provided to me by the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book.  I feel it deals with important topics that could affect children of this age.  The author shows more than tells the reader about the different affects a parent with a mental disorder could have on a child.  It shows that a mental disorder affects more than just the person with the symptoms. The topic in general is rather heavy – as anything with mental illness/dis *This ARC was provided to me by the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book.  I feel it deals with important topics that could affect children of this age.  The author shows more than tells the reader about the different affects a parent with a mental disorder could have on a child.  It shows that a mental disorder affects more than just the person with the symptoms. The topic in general is rather heavy – as anything with mental illness/disorder would be.  I do not feel it would be too far above a child of this age (approx. 12+) could handle, especially if they are reading this to better understand someone in their own position.  It shows that, even though the child is trying to protect his/her parent, that this should not be placed on his/her shoulders, that they should ask for help without feeling like he/she has  betrayed the parent.Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and even got a little teary eyed.  I felt the author wrote the characters well and provided nice representation.  At no point did anything feel unrealistic.  I would highly recommend this.Full review on blog, https://youngatheartreader.blog/2019/...
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  • Olga Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This is a great book! It is as complex as life itself. It showcases the struggle a child can go through when he/she is convinced that he/she is fully responsible for the parent's well being: exhaustion, confusion, anger, fear. And that is on top of being a middle schooler who is trying to figure out who she is! There are plenty of unexpected discoveries and new found parallels. It was interesting to see two stories of coming out that were so very different. But at the end, for that moment o Wow. This is a great book! It is as complex as life itself. It showcases the struggle a child can go through when he/she is convinced that he/she is fully responsible for the parent's well being: exhaustion, confusion, anger, fear. And that is on top of being a middle schooler who is trying to figure out who she is! There are plenty of unexpected discoveries and new found parallels. It was interesting to see two stories of coming out that were so very different. But at the end, for that moment of time, both seemed to come to a comfortable point.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!Title: Hurricane Season Author: Nicole Melleby Genre: Middle grade contemporary Rating: 3.5 starsTrigger/content warnings: abandonment by a parent (Fig's mother, in the past), mental illness (bipolar disorder), some bullying, self harm, fear of losing one's mind, fear of someone taking their life (talks on suicide), neglect of a child (even though Fig's dad loves her very much, he is not well and therefore Fig has to fend fo Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!Title: Hurricane Season Author: Nicole Melleby Genre: Middle grade contemporary Rating: 3.5 starsTrigger/content warnings: abandonment by a parent (Fig's mother, in the past), mental illness (bipolar disorder), some bullying, self harm, fear of losing one's mind, fear of someone taking their life (talks on suicide), neglect of a child (even though Fig's dad loves her very much, he is not well and therefore Fig has to fend for herself sometimes and look after him as well), anxiety, OCD (constant ear tugging). strong feelings of guilt. Representation: No characters are explicitly identified. Our main character, Fig, is questioning her identity and sexuality, she likes girls more than boys and has crushes on girls in the book. There is also a romantic relationship between Fig's dad and their neighbour Mark, both have been in relationships with women before, nothing said about if they have been in relationships with any other gender in the past. I am really struggling to rate this book, on the one hand, the writing style was beautiful and this book dealt with some very important topics, but on the other hand, I had some problems.This is the story of Fig, an 11-year-old girl who lives with her father, Tim. Tim struggles with his mental illness, not fully understanding why he is the way he is or how to get help. When social services intervene, Fig is desperate to help her dad so he isn't taken away from her. Help comes in the form of Mark, their new neighbour across the street. This book takes a look into the other side of living with mental illness, the side of loving someone who suffers and how it affects you as a person. Fig loves her dad, but his mental illness has affected her. She is constantly worrying, basically becoming her father's caregiver. She practically has the weight of the world on her 11 YO shoulders and it's obviously not healthy at all. First I am going to talk about the things I liked-The writing style was beautiful. I was so emersed in the story. -So fast paced. I finished this in one sitting!-I really commend the author for tackling such important topics in this book, especially for a middle-grade novel. -The strong focus on art and Van Gogh in particular. I only know the basics about Van Gogh, but this book goes deeper into his life. As Fig tries desperately to understand her father, she connects to the artist, in particular, Theo (Van Gogh's brother) and the letters they write back and forth to each other. -The bipolar rep. As someone with a loved one who has bipolar, I connected to this book on that level. I personally found the representation accurate. - This was surprisingly a very beautiful and impactful read. -I was so glad when Tim decided to get Fig help too, in the form of a therapist. Fig obviously had a lot to deal with and having someone to talk to outside of family would benefit her in the long run. Things I didn't like-Danny. Fig's supposed "best friend". I didn't like him at all. When Fig declines to be his girlfriend, he decides he doesn't like "no" and then completely ignores her and cuts her off. -There was a moment in the book where Fig's dad is just coming down from a manic episode to find that Mark and Fig are sitting together on the coach. He then proceeds to accuse Mark of being a predator and Fig's response is "Honestly, even if Mark were a neighbourhood predator, her dad wasn't exactly all that threatening." for some reason, I didn't like this. Because the thing is, Mark could have been anyone and to brush it off so easily is worrying. -Another thing, Fig goes to a Halloween party. Now, I may be in my twenties, but I never went to a party at 11 years old that had drugs and alcohol. I had sleepovers and cake and coca cola, not beer and drugs. Maybe that's just me, maybe that's what kids are doing these days, but that sure is worrying if so. -The book (and Fig) focuses too much on her dad. I felt as though the focus was never on Fig, it was always on her dad. I know that's easy to say from someone who has never had to look after a parent with mental illness, but I felt like it was bordering on toxic and unhealthy. I felt like the story wasn't about her at all, all she really learns about herself was the fact that she liked girls over boys. Overall, this book certainly packed a punch. I would recommend giving this a go if it sounds like something you would enjoy. If you like MG books that handle deep topics, this could be for you!Review to be posted on my blog closer to the release date.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    Fig is a young girl who lives with her erratic father. The novel starts with her dad showing up at school and just wanting to see that his daughter is okay. This causes her teacher to call Child Protective Services on her. Fig is furious but she soon finds help in her new neighbor, Mark, who deals with one of her father's manic episodes in a very caring manner. Can Fig stay with her father or will she be torn apart? This was a great novel that addressed the heartfelt topic of single parenthood, Fig is a young girl who lives with her erratic father. The novel starts with her dad showing up at school and just wanting to see that his daughter is okay. This causes her teacher to call Child Protective Services on her. Fig is furious but she soon finds help in her new neighbor, Mark, who deals with one of her father's manic episodes in a very caring manner. Can Fig stay with her father or will she be torn apart? This was a great novel that addressed the heartfelt topic of single parenthood, mental illness as well as some LGBTQ issues. I really liked it and enjoyed that while it was a quick read, it packed a nice punch.
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  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    January 1, 1970
    A novel about a father's mental illness and a daughter's desperate desire to take care of him, even as she wonders who will take care of her.Since the day after she was born and her mother took off and left, it has always been just Fig and her dad. Fig's dad, Tim Arnold, had once been a celebrated musician/composer in New York City, but now he and Fig live on the Jersey shore. Though her dad loves Fig very much, he is subject to mood swings and erratic behavior. And attracted to the shoreline wh A novel about a father's mental illness and a daughter's desperate desire to take care of him, even as she wonders who will take care of her.Since the day after she was born and her mother took off and left, it has always been just Fig and her dad. Fig's dad, Tim Arnold, had once been a celebrated musician/composer in New York City, but now he and Fig live on the Jersey shore. Though her dad loves Fig very much, he is subject to mood swings and erratic behavior. And attracted to the shoreline whenever there is a violent storm or hurricane, something that really scares Fig. But when he shows up at school looking for her, confused and disheveled, her teacher Miss Williams calls Child Protection and Permanency, or CP&P, and now they will be making visits to make sure Fig is safe and taken care of.When a September hurricane rolls in, and her dad heads to the shore, Fig asks their new neighbor Mark Finzi, a construction worker, to help her find and bring him home. And it doesn't take long for Mark to become part of their lives, much to Fig's chagrin. The last thing she needs is someone knowing how things are at home.Meanwhile, Miss Williams assigns Fig's class an art project to be displayed at the Fall Festival. Fig decides to research Vincent van Gogh, and learns that he had the same kind of erratic behavior as her dad, and soon begins to think of herself as her dad's Theo, van Gogh's brother. But it is Mark who gets him to a doctor, where he is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and Mark who keeps her dad on his medication. But when her dad shows up at a Halloween party looking for Fig, it becomes clear that adjusting the medication will take time to get it just right.Tim and Mark have been spending more and more time together, even as Fig's dad makes good progress, but when she walks in on a more-than-just-friends moment between the two men, she has more than a difficult time accepting their new relationship - but not for the reasons you might expect. Fig feels jealous that Mark is becoming the new Theo to her dad's van Gogh, a notion that her dad clearly rejects with a resounding "I'm not van Gogh," and she feels somewhat betrayed by her dad - why would he agree to doctors and medication for Mark, but not for Fig?Everything comes crashing down on Fig when a hurricane approaches and she decides to try to experience it the way her dad always did - but luckily, Mark is a physically strong man. This does bring things to a head, and there is a somewhat happy ending to Fig's story, but with the caveat that mental illness can't be cured but it can be controlled, and help is never far away, if one is willing to ask for it.When I started reading, I had expected a story about surviving a hurricane and I guess on some level that is exactly what I got. And I have to admit that the thing that drew me to this novel was the cover. It did remind me of van Gogh's Starry Night because of the bold swirls in the sky and the one swirl that looks like the sun setting. While I read I noticed that all the chapter titles cleverly refer to the names of van Gogh's paintings - and yes, I knew some but not all, so I looked them up.For a middle grade novel, Hurricane Season has a lot going on in it. There's dad's mental illness and the difficulty of getting him into treatment and then determining what works best for him; there's his relationship with Mike, neither one of which ever had romantic feelings for men before; there's Fig's constant worry about her dad and her fear of being separated from him by CP&P; and there's Fig's own emerging sexuality. And then there are the hurricanes.But Melleby deftly deals with everything she throws Fig's way so that the reader feels like it all unfolds organically. And she presents Tim Arnold's bipolar disorder as it is experienced by Fig in all its chaotic, scary reality - days of depression and staying in bed followed by manic days. And Fig's resentful reaction when people finally try to help - well-meaning Miss Williams, best friend Danny, the CP&P caseworker, and most of all, Mark.But slowly, the reader sees Fig come to terms with the fact that she is just too young to deal with her father's mental illness, that the best she can do is love him and be there, that she is still a child and need to be one - to go to parties, to have crushes, to enjoy school and her friends - a gift she gets from Mark.Hurricane Season is a difficult book to read at times but it is a book that kids will want to read if mental illness has ever touched their family, other kids will find themselves feeling empathy for Fig and all she has to deal with.Hurricane Season is a deeply emotional story and I can't recommend it highly enough.This book is recommended for readers age 10+This book was an ARC received from the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers
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  • Alyson Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Book: Hurricane SeasonAuthor: Nicole Melleby Rating: 5 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for providing me with this ARC. I must say I was very surprised with this one. To me, a lot of times middle school reads can be kind of iffy. It seems like a lot of middle school books almost want to shelter kids for the world or make it seem so much simpler than it actually is. What I really liked about Hurricane Season was that it didn’t do any of that. It deals wi Book: Hurricane SeasonAuthor: Nicole Melleby Rating: 5 Out of 5 StarsI would like to thank the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for providing me with this ARC. I must say I was very surprised with this one. To me, a lot of times middle school reads can be kind of iffy. It seems like a lot of middle school books almost want to shelter kids for the world or make it seem so much simpler than it actually is. What I really liked about Hurricane Season was that it didn’t do any of that. It deals with real issues: mental illness and sexuality. These are real things that real middle schoolers are dealing with and it’s such a shame that it’s not put into this ban of books very often. What’s even more messed up is the number of schools that will not allow books like this into their buildings-mine being one of them. Enough about that…Fig is our main character. She is a sixth grader, living with a single dad who has a mental illness. She tries her best to play it off as not being as bad as it really is. I mean, she is really afraid that she is going to be placed into foster care and never see her dad again. Now, she really doesn’t present her dad’s illness as being his fault. She tells everyone that he can’t help it, which is true. This is a lot more insightful than most people. A lot of people really don’t understand that people with mental illness really can’t help it and that they do need help. What I like about Fig is how she tries to take care of everything herself and really steps up. A lot of people her age would not be able to deal with what she is dealing with. Yes, she does break and all of that, but it doesn’t take away from her strength. I think, that as a teacher, that Fig is a great role model for all ages. She is also joined by a great cast of characters, but I can’t go anymore into that what I have because I don’t want to spoil it. The book goes through so many different levels. What really makes all of this come to life is Nicole’s beautiful writing. I mean, there is such an emotional punch there that really makes you feel the pain and the joy of the book. The last book that really made me feel this way was Wonder. As I was reading this, I was actually thinking of Wonder because this reminded me so much of it. I love just how something very real is put on the page and how much you just end up feeling. Gasp, I just really can’t describe it; you just need to read this book. Just do it….Again, this is a middle grade book, but really all levels of readers will enjoy this. it is very well written and done that it is really hard to put down. If you liked Wonder, then I think you will like this one. So, Hurricane Season comes out on May 7, 2019. I really do hope that this goes down as one of the most talked about books of 2019, because it does deserve it.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Interest Level: 5-8What if your mom left the day after you were born, your dad has a mental problem that you don't understand, and you are trying to hold everything together? How would you feel? That's a lot for an eleven-year-old sixth grader, but this is exactly what Fig is going through. Fig is doing everything in her power to make it seem like her and her dad live a "normal" life to her classmates and the neighbors. But that is hard to do on days when he comes busting into her art class duri Interest Level: 5-8What if your mom left the day after you were born, your dad has a mental problem that you don't understand, and you are trying to hold everything together? How would you feel? That's a lot for an eleven-year-old sixth grader, but this is exactly what Fig is going through. Fig is doing everything in her power to make it seem like her and her dad live a "normal" life to her classmates and the neighbors. But that is hard to do on days when he comes busting into her art class during the middle of school shouting for her with a glazed look on his face, or when he disappears in the middle of a tropical storm and has to be rescued by the police. Fig is trying to pretend like her dad is not sick, but when her art teacher calls social services on them, it gets harder to pretend. Then Mark moves in across the street and everything changes. Mark becomes a friend to Fig and her dad, but can she trust him to help and keep her secret at the same time. Things are so messed up in her life that she is starting to go a little crazy herself. Can Fig make it through hurricane season without her dad disappearing in the storm? Can Fig make her friends understand what she and her dad are going through without them making fun of her or judging her? Will Mark be the safe haven that Fig and her dad needs, or will he end up turning them in to social services also? Read this incredible book to find out if Fig's life can be turned around for the better or if it will be washed out to sea with the hurricane.I loved this story because Fig is such an incredible kid. She is trying to survive life in sixth grade and deal with being the adult in her house most of the time. I loved that Nicole Melleby shows emotions that anyone would show. Fig desperately needs help, but when she gets it she is jealous. She wants to trust but she doesn't know how to trust. And if dealing with her dad was not a full time job, she is also dealing with her own pre-teen emotions and problems. This book does have LGBTQIA subject matter so if you are sensitive in this matter, beware. If not, then don't miss this amazing book!Follow me:Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.com/Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra...Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr...Twitter - @laurieevans27 https://twitter.com/laurieevans27?lan...Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2...YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulD...Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurie-ev...
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  • Nicole Hewitt
    January 1, 1970
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionHurricane Season is a poignant story of the complexities of loving a parent who struggles with mental health issues. Fig is used to having to take care of her dad. She's used to him embarrassing him in front of her friends. She's used to needing help (sometimes even from the police). She's used to the questions and the worry that this time social services might actually take her dad away from her. She's used to all of This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionHurricane Season is a poignant story of the complexities of loving a parent who struggles with mental health issues. Fig is used to having to take care of her dad. She's used to him embarrassing him in front of her friends. She's used to needing help (sometimes even from the police). She's used to the questions and the worry that this time social services might actually take her dad away from her. She's used to all of these things, but that doesn't make any of it any easier to handle.The story follows Fig as she struggles to understand her dad and battles her own fears. Her story is heartbreaking and incredibly realistic. For instance, it's easy to understand why Fig doesn't know what would be worse: for her father to be taken from her or for life to continue in the chaos she's been used to. When a new neighbor moves in, Fig is relieved to finally have someone who's willing to help, but she also feels threatened when she feels he's starting to take her place in her father's life. Fig's struggle between wanting her father to change and fearing that things will spiral out of her control is palpable. The book handles mental illness realistically---even when Fig's dad gets help and starts to get better, there is no miracle cure. And Fig's feelings about her father's illness and about his relationship with their neighbor come off as true to life as well. The only reason I don't give it my highest rating is because it took me longer to read than a MG typically does--I found myself putting the book down more often than normal (and the book felt longer to me than it really was).  Still, I think many kids will relate to Fig's emotional journey, even if they don't know anyone with a mental illness themselves. And they will certainly grow in compassion through reading this story.***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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  • Jenna Reeh
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby tackles issues such as gender identity and mental health in an approachable way for middle schoolers. Fig, an eleven year-old, lives with her father who is known for his ability to compose music and play the piano. Now, her father has good and bad days. Some days he’s playful and fun, and other days he can’t get out of bed. Fig turns to a kind neighbor and the local library for help understandin Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby tackles issues such as gender identity and mental health in an approachable way for middle schoolers. Fig, an eleven year-old, lives with her father who is known for his ability to compose music and play the piano. Now, her father has good and bad days. Some days he’s playful and fun, and other days he can’t get out of bed. Fig turns to a kind neighbor and the local library for help understanding what is going on in the mind of her father. When she happens upon a book or letters between Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo, Fig realizes the parallels between her father and the great, but troubled, artist. I enjoyed this middle grade novel. It is sometimes difficult to find an appropriate novel that discusses mental health in a way that is approachable. My one critique is that the book tries to do too much— gender identity, mental health, and family issues— are all central themes. I wished the author would have stuck to one topic and dig into the meat of the issue.
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  • Danelle The Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Hurricane Season is a great middle grades read. I often describe this type of realistic fiction book to my students as "Kids with Problems". Many students in this age group like to read about other kids with problems- like their own, but also different problems too. Fig aka Finola lives with her mentally ill father. He is clearly loving and a musical genius. But untreated mental illness has made his life and Fig's too, very difficult. Fig is at an age where she doesn't want to be different or em Hurricane Season is a great middle grades read. I often describe this type of realistic fiction book to my students as "Kids with Problems". Many students in this age group like to read about other kids with problems- like their own, but also different problems too. Fig aka Finola lives with her mentally ill father. He is clearly loving and a musical genius. But untreated mental illness has made his life and Fig's too, very difficult. Fig is at an age where she doesn't want to be different or embarrassed by her father. Her mother took off when Fig was born, so Fig has been the responsible parent in the household. Things start to change as hurricane season approaches- always a difficult time mentally for Fig’s dad Tim. Fig makes a new friend Danny, meets a kind new neighbor named Mark, and develops a crush. This book is a great coming of age novel for middle grades!
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  • Cassie Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    I found the storyline to be very intriguing. I loved Fig and I loved that she wanted so badly to be her father's keeper, but I do know there are moments in my students lives where they have to step back and understand they need to just be a kid. I liked the way Nicole explored that subject that tends to happen so often in middle grade classrooms. I loved all of the social issues interwoven, I just feel like with some kids it will definitely be too much, which is okay because not every book is fo I found the storyline to be very intriguing. I loved Fig and I loved that she wanted so badly to be her father's keeper, but I do know there are moments in my students lives where they have to step back and understand they need to just be a kid. I liked the way Nicole explored that subject that tends to happen so often in middle grade classrooms. I loved all of the social issues interwoven, I just feel like with some kids it will definitely be too much, which is okay because not every book is for every kid, but I know wholeheartedly there are going to be kids out there who definitely need THIS EXACT STORY. 🌊
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars for this one! While there was a lot of moving parts in this book (that may make it a bit more difficult for the younger MG audience to understand), I think that those parts are very easy for kids to relate to. Between the need for friendship and family, there are story lines about mental illness, coming out and knowing what your family can be. So much going on! Give yourself time to fall in love with Fig, Danny, her father and Mark and to enjoy their story of transformation.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby is a beautiful, must-read book for MG readers. A captivating and emotionally-rich story of a young girl struggling to care for her father, a famous musician, ill as a result of undiagnosed bipolar disorder. A story will stay with you long after you turn the last page.  Hurricane Season is a story that is easy for kids to relate to.
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  • Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book on so many levels. Mental illness is super rare in books, as it still seems to be a taboo subject, but to find it in a middle grade read is even more rare than that. I loved the struggle Fig had, and the anger too. It just felt real for someone who was her age and going through this. I loved the relationship between her and her dad, and how she wanted to learn about art for him. I also really liked that Vincent Van Gogh was compared to her dad, and how she used that to try and I loved this book on so many levels. Mental illness is super rare in books, as it still seems to be a taboo subject, but to find it in a middle grade read is even more rare than that. I loved the struggle Fig had, and the anger too. It just felt real for someone who was her age and going through this. I loved the relationship between her and her dad, and how she wanted to learn about art for him. I also really liked that Vincent Van Gogh was compared to her dad, and how she used that to try and better understand him.See below for spoiler and only dislike(view spoiler)[My only dislike was the fact that both Fig and her father ended up being gay, and honestly that's not the issue. The issue I had with it, is I worry that people who are not friends to the LGBTQIA+ community will see this as an example of a parent who is gay, raising their child to be gay too. That's my main concern. Other than that I really don't mind that her father and Mark developed a relationship. And I don't care that Fig was figuring out that she liked girls, and not boys "in that way."See LGBTQIA+ is super rare in Middle Grades and I appreciate that it was brought in! But again worry, that this will be used against the novel itself. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Gillian
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeously layered with music and art, HURRICANE SEASON is the heartfelt story of Fig, a lovable girl who is fiercely protective of her musician/composer father, who has untreated mental illness. I loved the exploration of the father/daughter relationship and the way Vincent Van Gogh’s art and life functioned as a motif throughout the story. There are strong themes of friendship and finding yourself, and Fig experiences a sweet first crush on a girl who works in the library. Readers will invest Gorgeously layered with music and art, HURRICANE SEASON is the heartfelt story of Fig, a lovable girl who is fiercely protective of her musician/composer father, who has untreated mental illness. I loved the exploration of the father/daughter relationship and the way Vincent Van Gogh’s art and life functioned as a motif throughout the story. There are strong themes of friendship and finding yourself, and Fig experiences a sweet first crush on a girl who works in the library. Readers will invest in Fig from the very first pages and be rooting for her the entire way!
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  • Remy Lai
    January 1, 1970
    Fig is trying to make sense of her father's mental illness and her own sexuality. A gorgeous book about forgiveness and understanding, and giving people second chances.AND THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS!
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