The rain knows why: summary, phrases, characters and much more!

In our article you can read the book “The rain knows why” by María Fernanda Heredia, an Ecuadorian writer known for her children’s books.

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Author of The rain knows why

María Fernanda Heredia was born on 1 March 1970 in Quito, Ecuador. She is an author of books for children and young people, as well as an illustrator and graphic designer. She has a degree in graphic design and worked in advertising for many years before taking up fiction.

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She had never planned to be a writer, let alone a children’s writer. At the age of 22, when she was going through emotional problems, she sought answers by writing stories. And she was surprised when a publisher told her that what she had written was a children’s book.

In her own words, she says that it took her a long time to understand that the themes of loneliness, abandonment, doubt, fear, depression and disappointment, among others, are important not only for young people and children, but also for adults, and that the difference between juvenile and adult writing is only in the way the writer touches on these themes in her work.

He began writing short stories, and his first novel, Amigo se escribe con H, was written in 2001; to his surprise, no publisher wanted to publish it, and a friend suggested that he submit it to the Premio Latinoamericano de Literatura Infantil Norma-Fundalectura, one of the most prestigious prizes in Latin America, where it won first prize.

Another novel of this genre that you can read is Buscando a Alaska, by the North American writer Jhon Green.

In this video you can meet the writer Maria Fernanda Heredia, author of La Lluvia sabe porqué:

After winning this prize, the Alfaguara publishing house called her and hired her to write children’s stories. Since 2009 she has been a full-time writer and also contributes monthly to the magazine “Hogar”, where she writes about women’s experiences and anecdotes in a humorous way.

Her style of writing is simple, with an emphasis on emotion and humour, because for her these are the two factors that give understanding and meaning to life itself. You can also read Charlotte’s Web.

In her writings, she includes the figure of the grandparents in her characters, as they are the ones who give a touch of wisdom to her works. First loves, teenage romance, divorce, separation, domestic violence or the problems of bullying and sexual harassment.

Her way of writing is fresh and subtle, touching on themes that are important for children and young people, she is on the maternal and pedagogical side, with simple language and metaphorical forms that reach them in a direct and understandable way, and in the same way she reaches adults.

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She has won several national and international awards, such as

  • In 1997, she was awarded the Darío Guevara Mayorga Prize in Quito for the children’s story Cómo debo hacer para olvidarte and for its good illustrations.
  • Norma-Fundalectura Prize, awarded for the best children’s story for children between the ages of 6 and 10, in 2003 for his story Amigo se escribe con H (Friend is written with an H).
  • Benny Award, for the book Por si no te lo he dicho, for his illustration of the book in 2003. This prize is awarded by the Printing Industries of America (PIA).
  • Prize from the Fondo de Cultura Económica for the book “Los días raros”, written with Roger Ycaza.
  • His books have also been included in Fundalectura, Banco del libro, IBBY and other organisations.

You can also read Ciudades de Papel, by Jhon Green, and at the same time we leave you with this video with a summary of this novel, La lluvia sabe porqué:

Summary of La lluvia sabe porque

Antonio and Lucia are two young people who live through painful moments that mark them for life, leaving them alone, in the dark and with a great pain in their hearts. Antonio lives alone with his mother, who works in Spain to help him, and lives with some uncles, with only his cousin to keep him company. He loved swimming until one day his uncle stopped letting him practise because he thought he was a nuisance in the house. The uncle abuses him physically and verbally.

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Lucia suffered the “joke” of being photographed half naked while meeting her friends at school, but she didn’t expect her friends to send the photo via social networks, which got her into trouble and led to teasing at school.

Not only did her friends turn their backs on her, but her parents didn’t believe her and the bullying at school was too much for her to bear.

Lucia decides to go to a jewellery course in order to use her time and not be at home, as she felt trapped and suffocated by the problem, she meets Delfina, who is the one who will help her to let off steam, and Antonio, who had already seen Lucia in the school transport and liked her, decides to follow her and for the good of both of them they managed to let off steam with the help of Delfina.

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This book is about the feelings of loneliness in teenagers and how they become isolated, about parents and older people who don’t understand them and don’t listen to their words, about the nastiness of groups in schools, about what it is like to be the victim of bullying and physical attacks on young people, a problem that has increased in the last two decades.

Young people need to be listened to and sometimes, when there is no one to listen to them, they turn to self-help novels. This novel is one of them, and its narrative style and subject matter make it a novel to be reckoned with.

It is written in such a way that the reader is left with a message after reading it, and the subject matter keeps bringing up things to talk about in life. The reader will feel that they are under pressure just like the main characters, but at the same time they will feel that they can be helped through love and true friendship. There is another book called The Perks of Being Invisible, written for young people.

Have a look at this summary of the novel La Lluvia sabe porqué by Maria Fernanda Heredia:

Summary by chapter of Rain Knows Why

Chapters 1 to 3:

It deals with Antonio, his life, his mother, the mother’s departure and the son’s separation, the uncle’s mistreatment, and the way the aunt and cousin keep quiet for fear of Uncle Norberto’s reaction.

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Chapter 4:

Talks about Lucia and her emotional situation when she is surrounded by her friends at a slumber party who urge her to take the photo and send it to Alvaro, she refuses from the first moment but in the middle of the game the friends take the photo and accidentally send it to her and Lucia’s ordeal begins.

Chapters 5 to 6:

Antonio and his passion for swimming, the loneliness he feels for his mother who is far away in Spain, Lucia’s photo is discovered on the Internet and it is his turn to go to school, where he is the target of ridicule and strong harassment from all the students, many of whom try to touch her, thinking she is an easy woman.

Chapters 7 to 9:

Antonio’s and Lucia’s feelings of loneliness increase, Antonio’s uncle humiliates him and his absent mother by telling him that his mother was a dancer in a nightclub. Lucia feels more alone every day, but still doesn’t tell her parents.

Chapters 10 to 12:

Lucia enrols in a course to make bracelets and meets Delfina, a woman in her 50s, cheerful, jovial and with a lot of patience and wisdom. Antonio sees Lucia for the first time on a bus and follows her because she is crying; Lucia is afraid to run when she sees that she is being followed. Lucia’s parents find out what has happened from the headmaster, who accuses Lucia of being an instigator.

Chapters 13 to 16:

Antonio tells his cousin about Lucia, Norberto’s abuse of Antonio continues. Leo tells Antonio that his father spends all the money his mother sends from Spain and doesn’t pay for school or swimming. Lucia’s friends turn their backs on her. Alvaro, who published the photo on the Internet, blatantly harasses Lucia.

Chapters 17 to 21:

Antonio meets Delfina and enrols on the course to be close to Lucia. While Lucia is being bullied by her friends, N0rberto physically abuses Antonio and Lucia is again the target of Alvaro’s harassment, asking her to come to his house to have fun with him and his friends.

You might also want to read Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters, a very interesting book.

Chapters 22 to 23:

Barbara, Lucia’s younger sister, is attacked on social networks because of Alvaro. Lucia agrees to Alvaro’s blackmail in order to protect her sister. Norberto abuses Antonio again and Leo, his cousin, intervenes to help him by confronting his father. Norberto hits Leo and throws him to the floor, Antonio hits his uncle and Beatriz, his aunt, sees what he has done and, without asking what has happened, throws him out of the house like an animal.

Chapters 24 to 26:

Antonio is out on the street and a storm hits the town, Lucia goes to Delfina’s workshop. Antonio arrives later, all wet. The storm is very strong and Lucia calls her mother to tell her that she is late because of the rain, but there are no phone lines. The storm lasts all night.

Lucia talks to her younger sister by text message and tells her where she is. Her mother tells her not to go out as the streets are flooded. Antonio tells Delfina what happened in the house and why he was thrown out into the street.

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Chapters 27 to 30:

Delfina talks to the boys about her private life, the rain gradually stops, Antonio tells Lucia that it was he who followed her home a few weeks ago. Antonio tells her about his feelings for her, he kisses her. Friday comes and Lucia has to meet her stalker, Alvaro. Lucia returns home after the storm and rests. In the afternoon she returns to Delfina’s workshop and begins to cry, unburdening herself and telling her everything that has happened to her.

Chapters 31 to 33: Delfina goes to Alvaro’s house and gives him an envelope with a note saying “NO IRI”. Alvaro is upset. Attached to the envelope is a letter from Lucia, in which she writes to the school psychologist about everything that torments her and about the love she feels for her parents, who are good people.

Antonio contacts his mother and tells her that Delfina has given him a place to stay because of the problems he has with his uncle. Antonio meets his cousin Leo and tells him that he has kissed Lucia.

Chapter 34: Lucia remembers her grandmother and receives a message on her phone asking for the three words of the day, she is more relaxed after Delfina’s help and decides that her first word will be Antonio.

Characters in The Rain Knows Why

The main characters in this book are, in order of appearance Antonio and Lucia: Antonio is grateful, strong, patient, a good son; and Lucia is shy, affectionate, sensitive, a good girl adored by her parents. Both go through moments of loneliness and sadness, and in the end they realise that they have much in common, but it is only during a violent storm that they are able to truly connect.

 

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Among the secondary characters we have Barbara, Lucia’s sister, who is helpful and very kind, she loves her sister very much; Leo, Antonio’s cousin, a sympathetic, loving and very noble character, he is the only one who defends his cousin Antonio. Norberto, Antonio’s uncle, who is intolerant, rude, arrogant and abusive; Beatriz, Antonio’s aunt, very patient, loving and long-suffering in her relationship with Norberto, so much so that she never defends her nephew when he mistreats her.

There is also Delfina, the person who helps the two young people overcome their pain and loneliness, she is very impetuous, funny and compassionate, she is also the only one who listens to the two young people in their problems; Alvaro, the stalker, who only wants to take advantage of Lucia’s situation; and last but not least Alba, Antonio’s mother, a hard-working woman dedicated to her son and Lucia’s parents, who reproach her for the mistake of letting the photo be taken and keep her under constant surveillance.

Narrative type of The Rain Knows Why

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This book is of a narrative type or genre that consists of telling a story, whether real or imaginary (fictional), that has nothing to do with the author of the book. But it can be extrapolated to the real world and be part of anyone’s story.

It has a grammatical third-person narration or external narrator (omniscient) because she does not take part in the story but is just another spectator who tells what happened, that is, the author is the one who tells what happened to Lucia and Antonio.

She is the one who begins the narration of their lives, of the loneliness and the problems that each of them goes through, and also of the reactions of the friends, teachers and relatives of both young people. It is written in the past tense and takes place in the house, the school, the bus, the street and the workshop where Delfina works. The book The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm describes the ways in which we can learn to love.

Plot of The Rain Knows Why

This book has two different stories depending on the main characters, the story of Lucia, who, because of a semi-nude photo taken by her friends and sent to another boy at school, goes viral on social networks and begins to suffer the ridicule and harassment of the rest of her classmates, both in the classroom and at school.

The second story is that of Antonio, a young man whose mother leaves him with an aunt to work in Spain, and who is physically and verbally abused by the aunt’s husband to the point of being thrown out of the house.

These two young men are brought together by Delfina, a goldsmith, who helps them out of their personal problems by giving them advice and showing them that she has the wisdom and understanding they need at such a difficult time in their lives, and above all teaches them that they should talk about their problems with someone who can help them overcome them. If you like, you can also read The Catcher in the Rye or The Twilight Saga, other books of young adult literature.

In this short video, watch a summary of the book The Rain Knows Why, which we know you will like:

Sentences from The Rain Knows Why

“Lucia put a book, a notebook and the coloured threads in her bag, said goodbye to her sister Barbara and left the house.
and left the house.

“When Antonio went to live with an aunt four years ago, he shared a room, a wardrobe and a computer with his cousin Leo.

“This afternoon, Antonio was able to communicate with his mother. It was just a 5-minute videoconference from a cybercafe”.

Delfina says: “Life is written on pages that have already been written by someone else”.

Lucia: “She realised that her life was like the city at its peak: both were about to explode”.

“And why did you let me pass? Delfina breathed – Because I saw your face – And what’s wrong with my face? Is my face cold? – No, Antonio. You have the face of loneliness.

When Lucia came home in the afternoon, she lay down on the bed. Even tears lose their strength, they get tired and one day they decide not to come out”.

“Magic doesn’t come out of a hat with a rabbit on it, or a scarf that ends up as a bouquet of flowers. Magic is in a car that breaks your skateboard and takes you to a bus where your heart feels like it’s growing wings.

“There are situations in life where the return is not as important as having found the perfect excuse to feel”.
You could also read the book El buho que no podia ulular, which is about friendship and its value among young people and all people in general.

The message of the novel The Rain Knows Why

The message that the author wants to convey through her novel The Rain Knows Why to young people who are in situations of bullying, physical and/or verbal abuse by family or friends, intolerance at school, etc., is that they should seek help and support in order to be able to face the difficulties of being a teenager.

Young people must learn who to trust and who not to trust, and how to confront situations without remaining silent, because sometimes it is silence that allows people to continue to abuse us as young people.

Dialogue, communication, facing adversity always with the help of the family is important, because they are our main support to move forward and become physically and mentally healthy adults, able to create our own homes and raise our children in a healthy and wholesome environment.

Nowadays there are many parents who have to leave their children with another relative in order to work and raise them, and it is up to these relatives to support these young people, because when their parents leave them, they already feel an emotional emptiness and loneliness that will never be filled, even if they are with people they have known all their lives.

Add to this the physical or verbal abuse, and these young people’s lives become even more miserable, as they feel like a nuisance in the home, in a place where nothing belongs to them and they can’t even be given affection.

 

In Lucia’s case, the fact that her parents turned their backs on her when she needed them most shows that they had no confidence in the education they were giving their daughter, and this fills her with loneliness because she feels that her parents are not at her side, which suggests that it is a sentimental absence, since they are physically there but morally they have left her alone.

Today’s society is already cruel, suffering abuse, bullying or rape makes it even more difficult for young people, and holding them, loving them and accompanying them in these bad moments can give them the courage to face this situation.

Communication is the only way to help our children solve their problems, talking to them every day, knowing how they are doing at school, with their friends, what they are doing at their friends’ houses, knowing their friends and their parents, creates a climate of trust that can help them in their education.

Here in this video you have a review of the book La lluvia sabe porqué:

The rain knows why film

This novel does not have a film as such, only student representations have been made as works of analysis of the same, which have served as study projects in different countries to address the issues of harassment, bullying and child abuse and adolescents. It also serves as a guide for parents to help them understand and have more and better communication with their children so that they know how to deal with them in a safe way.

Watch a student performance of the novel La Lluvia sabe porqué in this video:

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