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Children's LiteratureEve is a teenager in Eden, Michigan, who is infatuated with a fast boy—Lucious—and thinks often of having sex with him. Her Christian upbringing stirs up feelings of guilt, but she is drawn to him nonetheless—even while her twin, Al, turns up pregnant. Because she and Al are at odds over a months-old mix-up/betrayal, Eve is not told who the father is. (The reader, however, gets enough clues to identify the father early on.) Eve isn't getting along with her mother, either, due to a different recent betrayal. The nature of these key family relationships prior to this tumultuous time in their lives is hard to grasp, because the mother and sister seem so unnecessarily mean to Eve. The apparently important subject of acting is also not convincingly explained—both as it pertains to Eve's desire to be an actress, and her supposed penchant to put on acts with her family. There is some Biblical symbolism (Eve and Al in Eden, with Lucious—who even gives Eve an apple), and there are also parallels drawn between Eve's life and The Crucible (which is being performed at the high school). A deeper look at either of these literary analogies would make this a more substantial read, and one that could enhance high school English curricula. In general, the inner lives of the characters and the story's themes feel greatly unexplored, especially in light of the reader maturity level needed for the book's very graphic descriptions of teen sex. 2004, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 16 to 18.