Are You Alone on Purpose?

Are You Alone on Purpose?

by Nancy Werlin

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Though fourteen-year-old Alison Shandling is a brain, her twin brother, Adam, is autistic. All of her life, Alison's parents have focused on Adam and what he needs, while Alison has always felt she had to be perfect.

When the rabbi's son, Harry Roth, begins taunting Alison about her brother, she does her best to stand up for herself. But when Harry is injured in a diving accident, Alison senses that he's hiding something that he wants to share with someone. And she begins to think that she's just the someone he can share it with....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101577400
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/14/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 194 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Nancy Werlin writes YA fiction that ranges from realistic fiction to suspense to fantasy, often breaking the boundaries between genres. Her books have gathered awards too numerous to mention, but including National Book award finalist, Edgar award winner and finalist, New York Times bestseller, L.A. Book Prize finalist, and IndieBound Top Ten. Nancy's first novel, Are You Alone on Purpose, was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start pick.
Of Nancy's suspense fiction, Sarah Weinman says, "Chances are, many of you haven't heard of this author. That would be a shame, because she's simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period." These titles are where Nancy habitually breaks genre-separation rules and include The Rules of Survival (a National Book Award finalist), The Killer's Cousin (Edgar award winner), Locked Inside (Edgar award nominee), Black Mirror (which the Washington Post called "an edge-of-your seat thriller"), and Double Helix (named to multiple best-of-year book lists). 
Nancy's unusual fantasy fiction was inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair and includes the loose trilogy Impossible (a New York Times bestseller), Extraordinary (featuring a rare thing in fantasy fiction: a Jewish heroine), and her personal beloved, Unthinkable. 
For fun, Nancy also writes and draws a graphic memoir in comics, using her Tumblr to self-publish an episode three times a week. 
Her favorite book in all the world is Jane Eyre. 
A graduate of Yale, Nancy lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband.

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[werlinÆs] skill in sketching out family dynamics and probing the difficult issues of adolescence mark her as a writer worth watching. (Publishers Weekly)

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Are You Alone on Purpose? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much because it related personally to me. I am like Alison: quiet and nerdy because I really like to read. I like how Harry 'got what he deserved' when he had the accident after treating Alison and Adam like he did. It also opened my eyes at how hard it would be to have a family member with autism or any other kind of disease like that. I really felt for Alison when her parents made her feel like they didn't love her and her friend dropped her like a hat to be popular. Then it cheered me up when she stood up for herself with Harry. She was around him when she had to, but eventually, they became friends. That made me happy. The book's ending is sad, although I can't tell how it ends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG. This is like the best book I have EVER read in my whole intire life. Alison and Harry seem like complete opposites, but after several events and big surprises, they start to talk to each other and they totally click with each other!!! It is so great how two people that seem like complete opposites can be so much alike. And a few sparks fly- but I don't want to give it away- but anyway- this book is a MUST READ. Especially for any parents and teens that are having trouble communicating. This book is SO GOOD I JUST GOT DONE READING IT, AND BAWLED MY EYES OUT, I CAN'T GET OVER HOW GOOD IT WAS, SO IGNORE THE CAPS LOCKS! Well, i hope this inspired you to read it, because this is my NEW FAVORITE BOOK! and please feel free to e-mail me.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was Nancy Werlin's first book, which is glaringly obvious in some ways, as her writing has drastically improved since this book's publication. Instead of the supernatural books she's recently been putting out, this squarely fits into the realistic YA box. The book itself pushes the envelope, even looking at the title, with more provocative language than you'd see in many books. It all serves an important purpose (no pointless swearing or anything like that), and in the end, emphasizes the importance of certain scenes with that content, making it far more realistic than many YA books on the market. I spent a great deal of time while reading this book thinking about how drama-starved we are as readers. Werlin's book moves along at a slow pace, I will say that, but it depicts the average life of an average teen, making it a book readers can truly relate to. The main character, Alison, has her own set of challenges, as does everyone else, but they're not overdone for the sake of gratuitous drama, and for that, I have to thank Werlin. Some of the story gets buried beneath the many messages this book tries to send, and the middle seemed to drag on endlessly, but the end result is really worth it. Some of the plot points end on ambiguous, unresolved notes, but the ending of the story was breathtaking.Rating: 3.5/5
boston22110 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an AMAZING book. I read it in one sitting! This book shows a strong, smart girl deal with big problems. I recommend this to ANYONE!
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If ever writing a book and giving ppl free samples, or else ur book is completely meaningless for the person to even decide to buy the book or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book it shows tha t sometimes u have to face your problems wearth u like it or not.... i really confused about the ending will someone explain that to me
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foreva347 More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! i love this book. it's like one of the best books i've ever read. Even though i know that it's less likely to happen that way, i could perfectly imagine what was going on. PS. I absolutly LOVED the way it ended. It was sooo touching, i cried!!!!!!!!!!
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AllyLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! It has romance and it is touchy. I loved it. I hope this helps you! you should give it a try!
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ARE YOU ALONE ON PUPOSE author Nancy Werlin CHARACTER Alison is a rich nerd.That falls inlove with Harry. Harry is a athletic boy. That ends up crippled from a diving accident. He ends up in a wheelchair.Alison becomes his girlfriend. setting Hospital and school it took place in the present There's this kid named Harry.Who is on the football team.He hates this girl Alison. So then one day Harry gets in a diving accident,and he had to wear a catheter.Then finally 6 months later he gets out of the hospital.Then Alison went to his house and brought some books for him.Then alison found out he hates reading.So then they started fighting.Then Harry goes to school and Alison helps him from class to class even though they were fighting.So then a few weeks later, Harry asked Alison out and they became more than friends. I liked this story because it was about boyfriend gilfriend stuff.