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Peeling the Onion: A gripping story, told with honesty and biting humour: How Many Layers Hide the Person You Really Are? by [Orr, Wendy]
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Jenny rushes in; stops and turns pale at the sight of my scaffolded neck. This isn't what she expected to see - and for a moment Jenny, sunny, effervescent, ever-optimistic Jenny, stares at me and can't speak.

'They made a mistake - I broke my neck after all.'

Jenny begins to cry. And I think that maybe this is what best friends are for, not to be brave for you, but to tell you this is real, and it stinks.


Anna is used to being athletic, popular, 'normal'. Now she feels the layers of her familiar self being peeled away; nothing is normal or easy. Can she pick up the pieces of her life? What part will Hayden and Luke play? And who, now, is Anna Duncan?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; New Ed edition (1 October 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ENS58AC
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 45 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Peeling the onions 15 February 2014
By School Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book it was really interesting and really suspenciful and really good defentulky 5 stars it's really good
4.0 out of 5 stars Peeling the Onion 9 July 2010
By S. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr is an interesting book. It tells a story about a girl named Anna Lockwood who got into a life changing car accident at 17 years old. This book is very truthful and well written. It is very truthful because of one of Anna's quotes. "I've just been through the toughest year of my life, and knowing that I will never get my black belt has been one the hardest things in that. But even if it wasn't my choice to leave Karate, I'm lucky enough to have found something else, ... I'm taking up Tai Chi." I say that quote shows that this story is truthful because life is made up of many challenges. Like climbing a mountain all that matters is being brave enough to make the climb. You don't necessarily have to make it to the top to learn where you're supposed to be, you can find the answer along the way. I also thought that Wendy Orr wrote a well written story because you can feel the pain Anna is in at home and at the hospital. "A star of shattered glass, cold against my temple. Blackness. Sinking in the woolly blackness, choking, drowning, suffocating. I want to claw my way out but can't move, want to scream but don't know how. The blackness is swallowing me and I know that if I can't fight it the me will be gone and the blackness will go on without end." That is what Anna was thinking when she was trapped in the crashed car.

By the end of the book I would definitely recommend it to a friend. Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr has a fantastic story line, great description, is very truthful, and has a creative challenge by having Anna change from being obsessed with exercise to a person who has to wear a neck brace, walk with a cane, and many other injuries. It may seem really gloomy but towards the end its inspirational.
3.0 out of 5 stars Life After Car Accident 3 July 2007
By A. Luciano - Published on Amazon.com
Anna was a reasonably happy teenager. She got along well with her parents and her younger brother and sister. She had good friends, was a champion at karate and even thought Hayden, one of the guys in her karate club, might turn into her boyfriend.

She was at the top of the world that summer afternoon. She had just won a karate tournament and Hayden offered to drive her home. On that car ride, everything changed.

It isn't until much later that Anna remembers all of the accident. All that she knows is that she is in the hospital with pain everywhere. In the accident her neck was broken, her ankles both mangled, and her thumb broken in twelve places. She couldn't seem to concentrate on anything, and she lived for the pain pills she was given four times a day.

When she is finally out of the hospital, Anna struggles to redefine who she is. She had intended to become a gym teacher, to continue on and receive her black belt in karate, to take a bicycle trip across Holland. Instead, she finds she can barely move around her own house. School and friends no longer seem as important as they once did. Hayden is acting weird and guilty all of the time and Anna is thinking her life may not even be worth living.

I thought the description of Anna's physical condition was more realistic than in other books. I had never thought of what it would be like to live in constant pain, but this book did a good job of conveying that. However, it seemed that the doctors in this book were completely inept. They were insensitive when Anna was scared and embarrassed and hurting, and they made far too many mistakes.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent one-day reader! 20 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My sister was reading this book, and the strange title perked my interest. It was the kind of thing were I read the back, investigated the cover, scanned the first page, and was completely engulfed for the rest of the day.
The story begins in the hospital. It is written in first person, occasionally flashing to third person. It flashes from the story, to Anna's thoughts, to conversation, to flashbacks. It's not confusing, because it follows an obvious line of thought. The way it's written is an intreiging look into the head of a 17 year-old girl.
The story follows Anna from the hospital home. It describes the mental and physical effects of the accident as it affects Anna, her friends, her family. The characters are so realistic psychologically, it's facinating.
I love reading, and I loved this book. My sister hates reading, and she's enjoying it. I read it in a day and couldn't put it down. She pulling through the first few chapters after a week, and isn't giving up. I'm excited about this book because it's so true, so painfully real. There's no miracle, no happy ending. When things get better, then can get worse, and in such a pathos (my english teacher would kill me if i called it a tragedy) nobody ever comes out perfectly.
This book deals with relationships, romantic, friend, and family relationships. It deals with self-image, self-worth, with self. It's philosophical as well and factual and real. The author knows what she's talking about, she was a psychologist before her near-fatal car accident...
I enjoyed this book very much. It's a real, honest dose of life, it all it's pain and ugliness as well as beauty. Young readers will relate to the main character, and readers of all ages will gain a new perception of their world.
Really, read this book. As Anna grows into a real person, you will grow too. I guarentee you will come out of this book looking at the world in a different light.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am 13!!! 10 April 2001
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
In 1996, an "experienced" author wrote a very dramatic book, Peeling The Onion. The author brilliantly crafted the twisted story of what she went through in the past. The main character, a seventeen-year-old girl named Anna is in a major car crash which changes her life forever. The physical pain that Anna feels is palpable but the idea that her life is ruined forever, insidious. The title suitably describes Anna's tragedy and dissociation from her former self, but is also indicative of the book's startling complexity and deep emotion.
Before the accident, Anna knew who she was and what she looked like. Now everything has changed, she is a stranger to her family, her friends, and most of all herself. She is no longer the pretty, popular girl who loves karate. Her body betrays her and she knows it will never be the same. The physical pain is an excruciating vortex that sucks the life out of Anna, but it is only half as bad as her emotions and feelings. All the layers that made up the old Anna - her looks, her friends, her sport - have been peeled away, leaving her to face the question of who she really is, and who she wants to be.
Peeling The Onion is a captivating book of gritty survival. Anna's pain, fear, and trauma are rendered convincingly enough that the reader believes that the story is all real and really happening while it's being read. No wonder it is An ALA Best Book for Young Adults and A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age! My favorite part was when Anna realized that it's not all over, that there is hope after all. I would give this extraordinary book a perfect 10 and recommend it to anyone and everyone.