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Vicky and Rhianna are twins but they couldn’t be more different. For their fourteenth birthday, Vicky wants a card from the hottest boy in school. Rhianna, brain-damaged at birth, wants a Furby. Instead they get a nasty shock – their foster parents can’t cope and it looks as if Vicky and Rhianna and their younger brother Jamie will have to be split up. How can they stay toVicky and Rhianna are twins but they couldn’t be more different. For their fourteenth birthday, Vicky wants a card from the hottest boy in school. Rhianna, brain-damaged at birth, wants a Furby. Instead they get a nasty shock – their foster parents can’t cope and it looks as if Vicky and Rhianna and their younger brother Jamie will have to be split up. How can they stay together? Desperate times call for desperate measures… Exciting, fast-moving and deeply affecting, this innovative story is Laura Summers’ first novel....

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ISBN : 9781848120501
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Number of Pages : 220 Pages
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Desperate Measures Reviews

  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    2019-04-26 01:30

    The story is set in the UK and follows the three siblings as they choose to get themselves out of a difficult situation. Their mother has passed away and their father is in prison, so they were staying with a foster family. However, their foster mother has been rushed to hospital so they only thing the social services feel they can do is to split them up, which just isn't an option in their eyes. So, they run away, traveling hundreds of miles across the country.The story starts with Rhiannon's (Rhe's) point of view. She speaks in a simple style, about whatever is preoccupying her mind the most at the time, usually her toys or her siblings. The point of view then switches the Vicky in the next chapter. Vicky speaks in an older voice, her mental age being older than her twin sister's. The font also changes accordingly. It goes back and forth that way throughout the book. It was easy to keep up with and the transition between voices each chapter was smooth, I never found myself confused about who was speaking because the voices were so different. They also have a younger brother, Jamie, who is mentioned often throughout the book. He clearly has a lot of anger issues due to his circumstances.I really identified with Vicky. Having no parental figure around after they had run away, so she assumes responsibility for both Rhe and Jamie, a difficult task for any 14 year old. She often gets frustrated with Rhe, which I could understand as I also felt frustrated with Rhe. But Rhe, brain damaged at birth, just doesn't understand the urgency of the dangerous situations they find themselves in. One thing I loved was that throughout the story Rhe really found herself and started growing up.Blog | Facebook | Twitter

  • ÃMĘlÏÃ
    2019-03-29 00:47

    A true beauty. A story of love, loss and family. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I'd definitely recommend it!

  • Isabella
    2019-04-15 21:55

    The book is about three siblings, Vicky, Rhianna (Re) and Jamie who lives with a pair of really nice foster parents. Their mother is dead and their dad is in jail, but only Vicky knows that. It stars at the birthday of Vicky and Rhianna, who are twins. Here you find out about how different the two girls are, since Re is seriously disabled. The beginning is not too long - the same day the kids are being told that their foster parents can't have them right now and they have to be splitted up for a while. Re must go to a special school and Vicky and Jamie will be put in different families. They decide to run away to avoid being seperated.The story is told from two POV's. Vicky's and Re. That does a lot for the story. If it was only told by Vicky, you would soon find Re very annoying and dumb, because she's not like other kids. The fact that half of the story were told from her POV means, that you come to like her as well. But it couldn't be told by her alone, since Re sees the world a lot differently and doesn't understand a lot of things. The twins as narrators was a perfect mix.In the beginning, Vicky seemed a bit superficial to me, but you can't blame her, she's a 14 year old girl. And later she showed lots of responsibility. I didn't like her in the beginning, but during the book i came to. It's really hard for her to take care of her younger siblings. Re can be a burden and Jamie can't control his temper at all and is pretty impulsive - definitely not an easy kid. Re is really cute. The way she sees the world is interesting and I love the part, where she finally understands what death is and talks about the soul of her mother and a rabbit she found.You get to know the two main characters a lot, but i don't think Summers is doing such a great job with the others. Vickys friend, Rosie, was really annoying. She was too much of a stereotype - seriously no one talks like that. Also Daniel. His story seemed so interesting, why didn't we get to know him better?A light book I think, even though its a serious topic about a troubled family. Or maybe I just read it too fast.

  • Arjun Thakrar
    2019-03-30 23:30

    Vicky and Rhianna are twins but they couldn’t be more different. For their fourteenth birthday, Vicky wants a card from the hottest boy in school. Rhianna, brain-damaged at birth, wants a Furby. Instead they get a nasty shock – their foster parents can’t cope and it looks as if Vicky and Rhianna and their younger brother Jamie will have to be split up. How can they stay together? Desperate times call for desperate measures… Exciting, fast-moving and deeply affecting, this innovative story is Laura Summers’ first novel.This book was very different from my usual reading list, and i was actually drawn in by the cover. Not by the blurb or whatnot. Anyway, i am so glad that i read this. It will stay with me forever because it is amazing. It goes over the main aspect of life situation that quite often children are put in.I found it very touching, especially the fact that Re is brain damaged. But i also loved the adventure which was fantastic. The story was well written and the plot is good to read, but not original."A touching story, of brotherly love, and desperate measures!"I read this a couple of weeks ago, as the review was hard to write. I suppose recently i have had a lack words in my head. I'm even having trouble with my novel, but Summers clearly doesn't have any problems because the book was a touching story of brotherly love and desperate measures! I like the perspective of the two sisters and would have loved maybe some chapters from jamies view but hey. I think Summers has done a fantastic job on Re as it must be hard to write as a brain damaged girl.I think this book is also made to bring awareness to disability and i hope many will read this.

  • Anushka
    2019-04-16 00:36

    Title: Desperate MeasuresAuthor: Laura SummersGenre: Award Winning AuthorVicky and Rhianna were twins who were completely different in every way. They lost both of their parents and were fostered by a loving family who had wanted a child for a very long time, but couldn't have one. However their foster parents cannot care for them any more and they have to find a family that would keep all three of them or they'd be split up forever. They had to make a very big decision: to run away/ to be split up. This could have been the most important decision they'd make in their life. They decide to stay together and go through many adventures together as they try to find one of their distant relatives and go and live with them, but to their surprise they find some strangers living in her house. They had nowhere to live and managed to barely survive using all their strength. Vicky had spent her life caring for her sister and younger brother and finds out that she also needs caring for when Rhianna saves her life.This book is very moving as it shows the perspective of two completely different girl, one disabled and one who isn't. Desperate measures will take you on a journey with the characters, which you will enjoy thoroughly and it will get you mind to think in the same way that both characters do as well as let you know how different people think. It is an interesting and intriguing book, which will open your eyes to a different experience with Jamie, Vicky and Rhianna.

  • Jenny / Wondrous Reads
    2019-03-29 02:49

    Laura Summers brings the subject of disability to the forefront, in her critically acclaimed debut novel Desperate Measures. Told from the perspectives of twins Vicky and Rihanna, the story takes us on a journey across the UK, and to a place where both girls, along with their brother Jamie, finally feel at home.Vicky and Rihanna are very well written, with both girls dealing with Rihanna's disability in different ways. Vicky is her primary carer, and has more responsibility than she should. She's loyal to her sister, and is willing to put her own life on hold to help her. Rihanna is innocent and young for her age, and often doesn't understand simple concepts such as death. It's hard work for the children, and the lack of a stable home life makes things even more difficult.Although the characterisation and topics explored are hard to find fault with, I did have some trouble with the plot. I found it fairly hard to believe that three children would be able to run away, and get as far as they did with hardly any money or supplies. I thought the people they encountered would have used common sense and alerted the police of their whereabouts, rather than send them on their merry way with some advice and well wishes.I can see why Desperate Measures has been so highly regarded, as it really will make teenagers think about disability, and what it's like for the families involved. I'm looking forward to seeing what Summers writes next, and I'm sure she has a long and successful career ahead of her.

  • Kristel
    2019-04-06 04:57

    Vicky has looked out for her twin sister as long as she can remember; Rhianna was deprived of oxygen at birth, affecting her mental development negatively. Despite this setback, the family was happy until tragedy struck: Vicky, Rhianna and Jamie’s mother passes away from cancer and their father finds himself unable to care for his children. The three kids stay at children’s homes for awhile and then are placed in a foster home—a good one. Just as Vicky feels like life is slightly stable, their foster parents suffer their own tragedy and the kids are shuffled out again. So they decide to run away and find their old, forgotten great-aunt. By switching back and forth between Vicky and Rihanna’s perspective of events, Summer crafts a wonderful story about family bonds. Equally riveting is the description of different characters interacting with Rihanna and her siblings’ reactions. Summer also paints a picture of the foster care system in the United Kingdom which isn’t entirely depressing—the foster parents are very kind and the caseworker only seems mean. Only thirteen years old, Vicky juggles her grief at the loss of her mother, her sister’s handicap, her little brother’s anger, and her father’s secret whereabouts that she keeps from her siblings. Poignant themes and issues thinly veiled by the easily readable writing and quotidian conversations in the book allow even middle readers to grasp the action of the story. Summer gives voice to the voiceless in this excellent narrative. Highly recommended for public and school libraries.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-13 22:54

    When their foster parents are unable to continue to care for them, three siblings embark on a journey to the home of their elderly aunt rather than be separated. As often happens on these sorts of adventures, they find help in unexpected places and from the most unlikely individuals as well as bullies and cruelty. The story is told from alternating viewpoints from Vicky and Rhianna, 13-year-old twins, which affords the reader very different perspectives on the elements of the story. Vicky often feels responsible for the care of Rhianna and their younger brother Jamie since Rhianna has a learning disability and struggles with understanding the passage of time and death. But in the end, Rhianna has strengths of her own, and together, these three are stronger than when they are separated. I particularly liked the folks they meet along the way, including Elizabeth who lost her own brother long ago, and Daniel, who must face demons of his own at school. This is a well-written book that reminds readers that the bonds of family can surmont difficulties and disagreements. The ending with the children's father being reunited with them provides a hopeful ending for this family that has endured so much.

  • Julia
    2019-04-22 03:42

    I have just read this book for the second time, I wasn't sure if it was one I had already read but after one page it all came flooding back. After reading that first page though, I could not just stop, remembering the story I really wanted to read it again.I read this in the space of 24 hours but, to be fair, I am probably 14 years older than the target audience! Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it even though I already knew what was coming.I enjoy the way that this is written from the points of view of twin sisters who experience things in different ways. They pass to each other when a new chapter starts, and there is no confusion anyway in the way that it is written, but if you were to get muddled up the alternating fonts helpsI wish I had found this author when I was younger, but I am glad that I was still able to enjoy her book at the age I am now

  • Faith
    2019-04-24 00:35

    Vicky and Rhianna are twins. Jamie is their little brother. They are being fostered by a nice couple, but they will have a baby join the family soon. The children's social worker thinks its best to split the them up. They say no, she says yes. They do the only thing that will keep them together. They run away.Reasons I like this book-Reason 1- Vicky is the oldest and she thinks its her responsibility to take care of her sister and brother. She never told them the truth about where their dad is.Reason 2- Jamie came up with the idea of running away. He took Rhianna to the secret fort. Vicky followed them there, scaring Rhianna (she thought Vicky was a monster).Reason 3- When they run away, it starts an adventure that they will never forget.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-03 01:28

    Desperate Measures is a quirky and bittersweet novel of family. Rhianna and Vicky just want things back to how they were, before their mum died, before their dad became AWOL. Before all the foster centres and foster homes they went to. When their current foster mother suffers pregnancy health problems, their social worker says they’ll have to split up. Deciding this is no option, Rhianna, Vicky and their brother Jamie decide to run away. What follows is an adventure of survival, and self-discovery, and most of all, what the past has made them in the present.

  • Miguel
    2019-03-29 04:44

    I would say this was a slow read. But I take it as a good way.I love how the author alternates voices between Vicky and Rhianna. I get to see how they picture the world. And how they think of other people.The premise is pretty cliche for me. Too generic and overdone. But this book seems a lot more serious and dramatic and intense. And surely enough, it is.Especially, the fights between the characters. Such strong emotion.Very heartwarming. Very inspiring.Overall, enjoyed this read. Recommend it to children mostly.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-27 21:42

    Actually 3.5Sweet little story about three foster kids who want to stick together (think Boxcar Children here) and decide desperate times call for desperate measures. Predictable at times, but still a good story that deals with some tough things in a "skimming the surface" kind of way. Enjoyed it. :)

  • Rebekah
    2019-04-10 03:50

    Picked it up 'cause it was a kids running away story, and those intrigue me. The main characters were very lifelike, fun to read about, and felt real, though some of the secondary characters felt two-dimensional. The plot was simple and engaging. I felt the end was rather unlikely but it was satisfying.

  • Autumn
    2019-04-17 05:48

    I really liked this book! It was a great read, full of adventure! I loved the main characters Vicky, Rhianna and Jamie. I really recommend Desperate Measures to readers of any age, despite it being a children's book.

  • Lilly
    2019-04-11 00:40

    it starts out a little boring but it gets better as you go

  • Kelly Spencer
    2019-03-31 04:48

    This was a very exciting and suspenseful book and I am very glad I read it.

  • Patty
    2019-04-05 21:41