Waiting to Forget
Author: Sheila Kelly Welch
Rating: 3 Birds
Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J.'s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward.
Meet the main character of the story TJ! He is sometimes called Terry Jerry or Tom Jones but for the most part he prefers TJ. He is an eleven years old boy who reflects on his past and present memories of his sister while he is waiting in the hospital to find out about his sister Angela is going to die or not.
As TJ goes through the journey of remembering his life from "Now" which is the present and "Then" which is the past with the help of his picture album book he made. He thinks of his mother who is called Momma and the events that he had been with her. His Momma is not quite the mother of the year. She seems to be in her world, not really caring for her children and somewhat abusive to them which made me sad and angry at her. How can you not care for your children? I so wanted to slap some common sense into that character. Even when the mother went away for the weekend to Vegas and left their children all alone for themselves.
Other than dealing with their mother, they also meet their grandparents even thought it was short lived but I hoped there was some happy ending there. As TJ keeps going through his picture album book, we learn the events of how TJ and Angela end up at the hospital with their new parents Marlene and Dan.
The cover of the book is modern and you also see the green paper bird on the bottom which sticks out and makes you wonder how that ties in with this story. I love how the paper bird pops out on this contemporary front cover. You need to read the book to find what the bird means.
The book throws out a range of emotions at you of making you feel: happy, sad, and angry at the intense appalling situations. It is a heavyhearted story for the most part. Both TJ and Angela are strong and resilient characters who get hurt but also heal they heal slowly. Will there be hope for TJ and his sister Angela at the end of the book? Pick it up and read it today to find out what happens at the end. The range of characters will stay with you. You won't regret reading this unique and powerful story.