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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Once I started this book I was hooked to the very end. Stacy's c

    Once I started this book I was hooked to the very end. Stacy's compelling story is written with deftness and a fine, ironic sense of humor that takes the reader on a heart-stirring ride as Stacy learns to deal with all the pains of growing up, including a family member who's gone "mental," having her heart stomped on by the "wrong" guy, facing up to a tragic death, and finally, finding a love worth keeping. This book ranks up there with the very best fiction in the genre. Probably because, for one reason, it reads so true.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    There were so many things I enjoyed about this book, but having

    There were so many things I enjoyed about this book, but having to put it down wasn't one of them. I don't have kids and only occasionally read YA. From those I have read, I wasn't expecting anything this compelling. Perhaps if I'd looked at the Table of Contents (the chapter titles are quite entertaining all by themselves), I might have been prepared, and scheduled my time accordingly. Stacy's voice (first-person) is hard to resist. She's smart and sarcastic, yet not overly so, and no more mature (or immature) for her age than her experiences would lead her to be.  Her dry humor helped me through some of the hard parts (as I suspect it did her), while not much made it easier (for either of us) to get through the most painful parts. She reminded me how intensely we feel things at that age because I felt right along with her. Everything about this story was handled so well--the characters, the dialogue, the emotions (from happy to sad to numb), the pacing, the drama, the relationships, the ending, and everything else I'm forgetting--all of it was well-balanced and felt so right. It's hard for me to believe this is a debut book. I can't wait to buy this for a teen I know. 

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