I wasn't really emotional over the animal rights themes to be perfectly honest; at times it comes off as very pushy and annoying. However, I really liked Joey's story of overcoming parental abuse, meeting new friends, respect for the elderly and her eventual learning of how to overcome her deafness and advocate for herself as a person. There aren't many deaf characters in mainstream middlegrade literature, and when they are featured, oftentimes these characters are written in as defined entirely by their deafness. Joey accepts that deafness is a part of her, but also shares the message that it isn't bad to be deaf, and that she still has a personality and her own point of view to express. It's often a sad story, but a great one. My favourite character was probably Charlie, although what happens to his chimp is very harrowing and often described to the point of almost sensationalism and excessive upset. Why I picked it up: I saw it listed as a readalike on The Hub but had never heard of it, and I am generally drawn to stories with deaf characters.
When the story starts, Joey is thirteen. She meets an older neighbor, Charlie, who knows sign language because his parents were both deaf. Charlie has a chimpanzee at his home who he is teaching sign language to. Joey, whose mother refuses to let her learn sign language, finds real understanding with Charlie and the chimp Sukari.
I wasn’t wowed by it. I liked the story of Joey being finally understood by her older neighbor and Charlie standing up for Joey in a way no one else would. But that is just one thread of the story and it was over too quickly for me. Quite frankly, I didn’t care about the animal treatment part of the story. I know, that may make me a terrible person, but it’s just not one of my issues. The story was trying to do and be too many things for me. And it jumped big sections of time, which I am not crazy about. I did like that the chapter numbers were also displayed in hands making the signs for the correct number.
Contains: discussion of a physically abusive parent; animals in research facilities
I began and finished this book in one day. It is one of the only books to ever move me to tears, right up there with Black Beauty and the Sixth Harry Potter Book. I strongly recomend this book for anyone with a big heart. Im not going to spoil the book by trying to explain the plot; its not that easy. All i can say is that this is one of the most beeautiful books i've ever read. The plot is bittersweet, made even sweeter by the originality of it. Oh geez, I was a weepy mess by the time I finished this book. Thankfully I had put off going to Starbucks where I could sit and finish it while having a mocha, because as many people who read my reviews know, I am notorious for sitting in public places and reading while wiping away the tears and snot running down my face. So I was able to avoid the curious stares from other patrons or the worried baristas coming up to me asking, "are you okay?"
I'm not going to go into what the whole story was about. You can read that on other reviews. I mostly just want to express how I felt while I was reading it. I went through a huge range of emotions; happy sad, angry, frustrated, grief stricken. My heart hurt a lot.
If you love animals, rescue animals, support animal rights, donate money to animal rights organizations, and most important, can't stand for any animal to be hurt, mistreated or abused in any way, then the last pages of this book will gut punch you for sure. I was an emotional wreck by the end. Would I recommend this book? Definitely. Although the story is fictional, it is in large part taken from the life of a chimpanzee named Lucy. As the author states in the afterward, "Lucy is the reallife Sukari. What happens to Sukari, happened to Lucy. So, although this is a work of fiction, little of it is untrue.....the kindest thing we can do for chimpanzees is to protect them in the wild, stop using them in senseless commercials and stupid movies, and stop locking them in small cages to use as hairy test tubes. Our DNA is 98.4% identical to that of chimpanzees. You can help by supporting the people who are working to protect our closest relatives." I wholeheartedly agree. There were two major issues portrayed in this book: deafness and animal rights. I was highly impressed by the way the author, Ginny Rorby, wrote about both issues, but I was particularly moved by her insight into deafness and how it affected Joey and her mother. The debate over modes of communication for deaf and hard of hearing children is huge and Ms. Rorby presented both viewpoints realistically.
My one complaint is that I didn't care for the way time sped up at the end of the book. Large chunks of time were skipped over in order to advance the plot line of rescuing Sukari. I understand that finding a place for Sukari to live would be a timeintensive undertaking, but the flow/pacing of this part of the book didn't gel with the beginning of the book. Hurt Go Happy is one of the best (and yet largely unheard of) books I have read recently. It covers many issues that we face in this society: how to treat disabled children, animal cruelty, and domestic violence. As a hard of hearing person myself, I could relate extremely well with Joey's experiences in the "hearing world." Her disability was portrayed very accurately considering the author knew nothing about being deaf before she began the book. All the characters are complicated and lovable, including many people I never thought I'd like. It made me laugh, cry, and most importantly it made me think. People who read Kenneth Oppel's "Half Brother" will enjoy this book for the similar close emotional ties to animals that are portrayed, and the complicated issues that are explored behind animal cruelty.
This may seem like a book for middle grade readers (Joey begins the book as a twelveyearold) but it is most certainly for an older audience. There are some very gruesome descriptions of the conditions at a research lab that may be hard for any reader to handle. There is also talk about domestic violence and alcohol.
Hurt Go Happy touched my heart and it is a shame that it is not more widely acknowledged. I recommend it for people who are deaf/hard of hearing, animal rights activists, and pretty much everyone else in the world. Hurt Go Happy Rorby, Ginny Livres NotRetrouvez Hurt Go Happy Et Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D Occasion Hurt Go Happy Ginny Rorby, Emily Bauer, Blackstone AudioPasser Au Contenu Principal Bonjour, Identifiez Vous Hurt Go Happy A Novel EPub Ginny Rorby Achat EbookA Novel, Hurt Go Happy, Ginny Rorby, Starscape Des Milliers De Livres Avec La Livraison Chez Vous Enjour Ou En Magasin Avec % De Rduction Hurt Go Happy A Novel English Edition EBook RorbyAchetez Et Tlchargez Ebook Hurt Go Happy A Novel English Edition Boutique Kindle Apes MonkeysHurt Go Happy Livre Audio De Ginny Rorby Coutez Hurt Go Happy De Ginny Rorby Disponible Chez Rakuten Kobo Racont Par Emily Bauer Commencez Votre Essai Gratuit Dejours Aujourd Hui Et Obtenez Votre Premier Livre Audio Gratuitement Thirteen Year Old Joey Willis Is Used To Being Left Out Of Conversations Though She S Been Deaf Si Hurt Go Happy By Ginny Rorby Goodreads Hurt Go Happy Is A Very Touching Story About A Girl, Joey, Who Has Been Deaf Since The Age Of Six As She Struggles To Live In The Hearing World Not Knowing Sign Language Because Her Mother Wants Her To Read Peoples Lips The World Changes When Joey Discovers A Neighbor Who Has A Chimpanzee, Sukari, That Knows How To Use ASL Sukari And Joey Quickly Become Friends And She Begins To Learn How To Sign Hurt Go Happy Summary SuperSummary Based In Part On The True Story Of Chimpanzee Siblings That Were Raised As Humans And Taught American Sign Language, Ginny Rorby S Young Adult Novel, Hurt Go Happy, Focuses On A Fourteen Year Old Deaf Girl Who Has Been Forbidden To Learn Sign Language The Story Begins In FebruaryJoey Willis Wakes Up Disoriented After A Powerful Storm Knocked Out The Electricity In Her House She Is Almost Hurt Go Happy Ginny Rorby Hurt Go Happy Is American Sign Language For The Pain Has Ended Thirteen Year Old Joey Willis Has Been Deaf Since The Age Of Six, And Is Used To Being Left Out Of Conversations Her Mother Has Never Allowed Her To Learn Sign Language, So She Must Strain To Read The Lips Of Those Around Her With Little Success While Mushroom Hunting One Day, Joey Meets Dr Charles Mansell, Who Has Recently ReturnedHurt Go Happy A Novel Inspired By Hurt Go Happy Is A Captivating Novel For Young Readers By Beloved Author Ginny Rorby The Schneider Family Book Award Winning Novel Is Inspired By The True Story Of A Chimpanzee Raised As A Human Thirteen Year Old Joey Willis Is Used To Being Left Out Of Conversations Though She S Been Deaf Since The Age Of Six, Joey S Mother Has Never Allowed Her To Learn Sign Language She Strains To Read Hurt Go Happy Rorby, GinnyHer Isolated Existence Is Turned Upside Down, However, When She Meets Her Elderly Neighbor, Dr Charles Mansell, And His Sign Language Using Chimpanzee, Sukari Against Her Mother S Wishes, Joey Begins To Learn To Sign, And Charlie, Whose Parents Were Deaf, Opens Her Eyes To A Future Filled With Possibilities I remember reading this book when it first came out and loving it. Happy to find that I liked it just as much when I reread it :)
Although this book says it is for ages 10 and up, I would say it would have to be mature 10 year old. There are themes of domestic violence and child abuse, animal testing and cruelty, first love, and death. This story is very touching and interesting.Sukari is a chimpanzee who can sign,and adapted to being a human when raised by a human man.Joey is a girl with hearing loss caused by circumstances that would break anyones heart and her mother never allowed her to learn sign language just because her mother insisted she should learn to live in the hearing world despite having hearing loss.charlie helped her so much and brought joy into her life. recommended by my 10 DD as a "must read", I picked this one up expecting to love it. In the end, I didn't love it; however, I have a feeling the story will stay with me. Joey is 13, deaf, and not allowed to learned ASL (her Mother wants her to lip read in order to not stand out). The story takes a turn when Joey meets a neighbor who is raising a chimp, using sign language and is passionate about chimp and animal wellcare. There are a lot of issues in this small book which don't all mesh. However, the author does an excellent job introducing the truth about animal testing and the conditions the apes live in while being tested.
This was a difficult read due to the subject matter. However, it gave me an opportunity to talk to my daughter about a very difficult subject, animal cruelty. Clearly, she was moved by this story as well. I would recommend this book to tweens, animal lovers and readers interested in changing the world, one action at a time.