Among Friends

Among Friends

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by Caroline B. Cooney
     
 

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In this fast-paced novel about the bonds of friendship, Jenny, Emily, and Hillary, known as the Awesome Threesome, thought they’d be a threesome forever. But with Jennie’s relentless ambition, Emily’s jealousy, and Hillary’s building resentment, it seems the Awesome Threesome is destined to be a thing of the past.
 
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In this fast-paced novel about the bonds of friendship, Jenny, Emily, and Hillary, known as the Awesome Threesome, thought they’d be a threesome forever. But with Jennie’s relentless ambition, Emily’s jealousy, and Hillary’s building resentment, it seems the Awesome Threesome is destined to be a thing of the past.
 
Assigned to write in diaries for English class, the three girls, along with three other classmates, find themselves admitting things so terrible that even they are shocked. All are left wondering: What price does a person have to pay for being successful? The pursuit of the truth is compellingly chronicled and the resolution satisfies.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8-12 Through journal entries, six high-school juniors reveal their jealou sies, frustrations, fears, and hopes. The plot focuses on upper-crust super- achiever Jennie Quint and a withdrawn newcomer, Paul R. Smith. Driven by parental and self-imposed pressure to succeed, Jennie is lonely, alienated from her friends. Meanwhile, Paul faces a private trauma with his unstable mother and estranged sister. When Jennie confronts failure on a statewide honors math test, she runs away. In contrast, Paul accepts help from class mate Emily and Jared's lawyer father. Cooney again exhibits her knack for portraying the perils of success in an adolescent world. Characters speak with candor, occasional meanness, wit, and conviction. Although Cooney's Don't Blame the Music (Putnam, 1986) is a more thematically subtle and dramatic account of alienation and friendship, Among Friends will attract secon dary readers with its fast pace, friendships and rivalries, upbeat ending, and believable cast of characters. Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, N.C.
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“Well developed and fast paced.”—VOYA

“The style is breezy, accessible, and . . . readers will respond to the author’s candid view of friendship.”—Booklist

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307818928
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/29/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
329,703
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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