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Fig seems 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 battling undiagnosed bipolar disorder. As a consequence of this, Fig's role is often one more 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 day-to-day.
After her father causes an embarrassing incident at school, one of Fig's teachers becomes concerned about his mental state and ends up contacting Child Protective Services. With their life now overseen by a social worker, Fig feels even more pressure to project 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. This similarity propels her to find out all she can about the artist in an effort to better understand how her father's mind works.
Through it all, Fig is also dealing with regular life things that any other 6th grader would be. 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 darling, as was her crush on Hannah, the girl who works at her local library.
I was very impressed with the writing and feel. Melleby does a seamless job of inserting important topics into the narrative without them seeming forced. The story felt very organic.
I was legit an emotional mess upon finishing this. It was just gorgeous. The strength of the bond between Fig and her father. His will to overcome challenges 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!
This debut novelabout taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming outwill 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 hasnt composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig.
Expand text Though shes 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 Figs 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 Mellebys Hurricane Season is a stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. Its 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 loveand the limits of that power.