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Six Weeks can be a long time. It can feel like a lifetime when you're waiting for someone to come home from an extended trip. It can seem like forever when you're in jail or ill or lonely.
But when you have a decision to make that will change your life forever, it's not enough time...
Imogene is a nineteeen-year-old college student, but her life is anything but typical. She cares for her arthritic, alcoholic mother who would rather drink fifths of whiskey than care for her family. She provides food, love, and guidance to her eight year-old sister Sadie, because their mother won't. And she spends time with her boyfriend Matthias, a young man with his own troubled life.
Now she's pregnant with Matthias's baby, and she has only six weeks to decide what to do...
Review by: Rachel McCune on Oct. 25, 2011 :
I didn't want the book to end. I was sad when I discovered that my guess about the ending was correct. I was also sad that it didn't provide a "happily ever after" that so many of us want. But, that's what made it great. It is heart-wrenching and gritty and raw and ugly and that makes it a wonderful book and a can't-put-it-down read. Can't wait to see if the characters appear again in the future.
I'd like to see the characters developed more and see if Pete ever becomes more involved. I want to hear about Sadie and see if their relationship ever mended.
A definite gem of a story and worth the read!!
POWERFUL, August 15, 2011
By Sheila M. Belshaw
I don't know when last I read a book as fast as I read this one. I couldn't stop. I don't know when last I was so mesmerised by a book. And now that I am finished it I want to read it all over again.
I also don't know when last I read a book so well written as this one.
This novel reads almost like a psychological thriller. Imogene Jones is a nineteen year old college student who has more difficulties to overcome than any nineteen year old should ever have to deal with. She is highly intelligent but she is also young and now and then succumbs to the temptations that assail all girls of that age.
I'm not sure what the target audience is for this book, but it is certainly not just a book for young adults. I am far from being a young adult, and I loved every word of it. Degarmo has an amazing capacity of getting deep into her characters' psyche. These are real people, who jump right out of the pages. Imogene herself, who you will love. Her pathetic mother, beyond help; her precious little sister, Sadie who relies so heavily on Imogene; her best friend Carrie, who is always there for her; Sister Beatrice, the nun who befriends her and strives to help her to make her almost impossible decision; poor Matthias Hill, Immy's current boy friend, who patiently suffers his cruel father's taunts; her own loving father, and last but not least, Pete, the empathetic friend she meets at a party, who wants to help.
But in the end it is up to Imogene to make her own decision. Only she can decide what is best for her and the dysfunctional family she has for so long had to hold together.
This is a five-star-plus book. Jessica Degarmo is a writer we will hear a lot more about.
A wonderful, emotional, enriching, rollercoaster ride., August 19, 2011
By Soooz Burke
Some books grab you by the emotions and drag you screaming on the journey they make.
Some books hit you in a raw spot, like biting down on an exposed nerve to feel the relief when you stop.
Some books leave an aftertaste , a tingling something on the tongue, that leaves you hungry for more.
Six Weeks does all of the above.
Author, Jessica Degarmo doesn't protect the reader from the emotion ...in fact she opens up a vein and dares you to allow it to bleed. The journey that Immy is on, is one that millions of woman have undertaken, yet Immy is unique..her thoughts feelings and experiences touch the commonalty within us all and manage to stand separate. That is the measure of a fine writer. Ms Degarmo is such a writer, she invites you to share her character's painful journey, the invitation is subtle, you can choose to leave this rollercoaster at any time, yet why would you? For this ride is as exhilarating as it is painful.
Imogene is on the brink of womanhood, that lonely place where the last vestige of childhood is swept away. She had no real innocence remaining, so she thought. Having to deal with the pathetic, drunken, excuse for a mother that she has, having to raise her little sister and ensure that the youngster has adequate food , shelter and above all else love...that would seem to be more than most teenagers have any right to have foisted upon them.
Then in a moment of frailty, when her defences are down and her needs are high, she makes the biggest mistake of her life. The resulting pregnancy will alter her life, and her sisters life forever.
Ms Degarmo has a masterful touch. She doesn't bog the reader down with mawkish sentimentality. She doesn't take the easy road, and let you off the hook emotionally either.
What she does, and extremely well..is make you care. You care about Immy, you care about her little sister, you ache for the father of the baby as he undergoes his own hell, you want these fictitious people to survive, you want the solutions to give them some sort of future, and some sort of closure.
If you enjoy a fast paced read, if the characters you read about need to be real to you, if you want to care..then read Six Weeks.
I for one, would be delighted if a sequel to this could be written. I would love to know what happens in Immy's life after the Six Weeks is over. That is the measure of a wonderful reading experience...I want more!
An emotional journey, August 21, 2011
By Mr. John Booth
If you like gritty emotional stories that touch the heart and soul, then you should read this book.
I was blown away by the sense of reality this book brings to the table. Pretty soon I was caught up in the lives of this highly dysfunctional family.
A great read