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The Way to Somewhere
by Angie Day

Published: 2002
Hardcover : 304 pages
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Tough, street-smart, and mouthy, Taylor has always been the kind of girl who knows exactly how life should be. But it seems the world around her won't cooperate. A delicious combination of quirky characters and seamless storytelling, Angie Day's debut will remind readers of Laura Zigman's work--at ...
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Tough, street-smart, and mouthy, Taylor has always been the kind of girl who knows exactly how life should be. But it seems the world around her won't cooperate. A delicious combination of quirky characters and seamless storytelling, Angie Day's debut will remind readers of Laura Zigman's work--at once resonant and accessible, funny and wise.

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"Restoring, as the name implies, is the act of bringing something to its original condition. Restoring does not permit improving or changing, which means that the restorer must overcome the temptation to change the original, even if the change might add convenience. It would be unthinkable, for example, to replace a worn turnbuckle with a magnetic latch or to replace a cracked board at the back of a cupboard with a piece of plywood. Such changes would greatly reduce the value of the piece."--From "Restoring Antique Furniture: A Complete Guide" by Richard A. Lyons

This Quote fom a how-to book opens THE WAY TO SOMEWHERE. Which parts in your own life did you once discard, but have since come to value? If we as people are constantly being rebuilt, which parts of your life or yourself have you come to keep and value, and which parts would you most like to "drag out of the garbage and begin to build again?"
What parts of herself did the younger Taylor most want to improve or change? By the end of the book, which of these parts that she most wanted to change did Taylor come to value most?
Rebuilding plays an important role in the book. In what ways is the final Taylor like the original? In what ways has she grown into a different, restored, version of this original?

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  "Must Read!!!!!!!!"by kutelokita (see profile) 10/30/08

I absolutely loved this book. I loved the way it was written and overall fell in love with the main character Taylor. We first meet her at age twelve and watch her grow into a complicated ... (read more)

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