by Stacey Donovan
Alita Joy gives "Dive" a nice review:
Innovative and compelling, this is a poetic story of painful endings and beautiful beginnings. Fifteen-year-old Virginia "V" Dunn's introspective first-person narrative about her struggle to understand everything that love and loss offer and demand is a powerful commentary on the meaning of life and death. Not only is her beloved canine friend in a cast from a mysterious hit-and-run, but her best friend is avoiding her, her mother is cruel and instant, and her brother is drugged and indifferent. Then her father is hospitalized with an obscure fatal disease and her life slides downhill. Fighting to maintain her balance, V meets Jane and suddenly the world falls into place. Their relationship is strong, grounded, and joyful. "Let our blood laugh in our veins" (p. 103), a line from a Rimbaud poem they share, describes the happiness they find with each other. Their love is the most natural thing in the world, and V finds herself wondering how anyone could think it is wrong. This engrossing book ends with Jane bringing flowers to Mr. Dunn's wake, heralding hope and new beginnings. DIVE is distinguished by its lyrical first-person narration, extraordinary images, powerful characterization, and depth of emotion. Virginia and Jane are two of the most interesting lesbians in young adult fiction. It is refreshing to find complex characters who never doubt their lesbianism or their love for each other. Their connection is so right, so tender, they feel that they have always known each other. They share a love for books: V notes that books have saved her life and helped her understand herself and life's dilemmas. Betrayal, denial, cynicism, alienation, and silences are all here in this bittersweet exploration of the mysteries of love, life, and death. —Frances A. Day, Gay Voices: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Literature for Children and Young Adults
by Stacey Donovan
She's a late night radio host who speaks your desires out loud. He's a trumpet player who longs for what he left behind. She can't see you. He can't hear you. Maybe they belong together.
"It's a beautiful thing when a lover takes your hand, a thrill when he parts your fingers with his own and pulls you close. And what a dream come true when she finally kisses you. How is it that your lips meet before you've even had time to greet? It's because he knows what to do, all over you. Think of that first sweet breath, before your mouths actually find each other, how it makes you spin . . . "
She's blind, and tells stories through the telescope of her imagination. Sexy, alluring tales. Moments of loyalty, and lust. Forbidden fantasies, hidden pleasures. Secrets we hide in the dark.
He plays in clubs all over, trying to forget her. Then he finds himself back in LA again . . . listening!
by John Donovan
Foreword by Stacey Donovan
Audio Edition Available
"The contribution this book makes, giving reason why it should be available wherever young people read, is that it touches, with lyricism and simplicity, upon a spontaneous sexual relationship with two adolescent boys."—New York Times
"This novel reflects the changes taking place both in the kind of fiction
written for young readers and the kind of society in which many of them are growing up."—Washington Post
"Rather sophisticated...remarkably touching."—Time Magazine
"It's a very moral (and discerning) book about a boy, not a moralizing or exploitative fix on a problem." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"By the second page, the author of this moving story of a lonely boy captured me and didn't let me go until the last word on the last page.... A perceptive, funny, touching story, a remarkable book."—Publishers Weekly
"New sophistication in fiction...a very modern book which directs itself to the increasing maturity of young readers."—School Library Journal
"A poignant and honest account of an unhappy child as one could read."
New York Times Best of 1969 Book List School Library Journal Best of 1969 Book List Book World Children's Spring Festival 1969 Honor Book
JOHN DONOVAN was the executive director of the Children's Book Council from 1967 to the time of his death in 1992. In that capacity, he worked tirelessly for the promotion of children's literature. Donovan was the author of six books for children (two picture books and four young adult novels). He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1949, received a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1957, and worked as a lawyer for the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress before joining St. Martin's Press.