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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Great Book! I met the author once!

    Calli is living the good life. Her two mothers love her and care about her, she's got a rock-solid best friend, and the perfect boyfriend.
    But when her moms take in Cherish, a foster child her age, things begin to turn upside down. Cherish wreaks havoc in Calli's house, starting fights and taunting Calli. Meanwhile, Calli's best friend has started hanging out with someone else, and one of Calli's moms begins to have health problems. Calli's insecurities grow, and when she catches Cherish kissing her boyfriend-and her boyfriend making no effort to stop her-Calli takes revenge. But her plan takes a terrible turn, and Calli isn't sure what to do.
    I enjoyed this book. I liked the unique mix of topics-foster children, lesbian mothers, and teenage angst may sound like an odd mix, but if it's done well, like in Calli, it's rather enjoyable. I also think Jessica Lee Anderson did a wonderful job of characterizing Calli and her friends. This is a quick enjoyable read. 4/5 stars

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    A refreshing YA read

    Fifteen-year-old Calli's world seems to be falling apart. She just saw her foster sister, Cherish, kissing her boyfriend, Dub, in the hallway at school, and Dub didn't even try to push her away. Things haven't been going well since Calli's two moms brought Cherish into their home, and to make matters worse, they are looking at bringing in yet another foster child. As tension between Cherish and Calli rises, so does the tension between Calli's two moms as they struggle to keep peace in the house, and keep Calli's biological mother's Lupus in check. When Calli decides to teach Cherish a lesson, the fights between the girls become violent leaving Calli forever changed.

    I really enjoyed this book. Calli is a character many young women will identify with. She's a very average girl (a size thirteen), and she's okay with it. Her worries, hopes and dreams are all realistic. Ms. Anderson's writing is fluid and the story breezed by for me. I read this book in just a few hours. I especially enjoyed the fact that Calli had two moms and it wasn't an issue to her. It was just the way it was. Sure, she has to deal with narrow-minded people because of it (people think since her mom's are gay, she must be gay, too), but she shrugs it off as part of life. This is a refreshing YA book, free of love triangles and over-dramatic circumstances that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    (Review based on an Advanced Review Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley)

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