Phantom Limbs

Phantom Limbs

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How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief--or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis's little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it's been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely prot#65533;g#65533; of eighteen-year-old Dara--part drill sergeant, part friend--who's hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he's never forgotten and the brother he's never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780763682057
Branch Call Number: YA GAR
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 22 cm

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Sep 25, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Gateway Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 9-12).

Otis and Meg were best friends, but then Otis's little brother died in a horrible accident (of which we do not learn the details until quite late in the novel) and Meg's family moved away. After three years of silence, Meg is back for three weeks, and Otis isn't sure what to think.

I have mixed feelings about this. I didn't dislike the writing, but I did not care for the story. I wish there was more Dara and Otis and the swim lessons. Less of the other stuff.

vpl_teens Nov 21, 2016

“Phantom Limbs” is different from all the other books I have read in my life. In my opinion it didn’t have a slow beginning so I got into the book right away. It was written in the perspective of Otis which I though was interesting because I’ve never read from a guy’s perspective. It wasn’t really different from what I would think about if I was in his shoes. This book really got my attention. It proved that even though you may go through the toughest moment in life, never give up on a dream. Even if something happens, and you can’t pursue your dream, then help someone who can and wants to follow their dream, and never give up hope. When I finished reading “Phantom Limbs” it made me think of how the next part of their lives would start for Meg and Otis. It made me think about what would happen in the next chapter of their lives. I would rate this book a 5/5 stars because I enjoyed the book the whole way through, and I can’t wait for the sequel! As a 14 year old girl reading this, I was able to relate to the characters in the book. The most memorable part of the book was when my mom had to explain to me about the “morning log”. (And P.S my mother was laughing her head off for a full minute before she explained to me what that meant.)

Reviewed by Megan W. for Teens Read it First, http://teensatvpl.tumblr.com/

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Sep 25, 2017

booknrrd thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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