Belinda's Obsession

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From the Not Just Proms & Parties high-low series for reluctant teen readers and ESL students, which features quick reads, dynamic, character-driven plots, and positive messages for young women.
Dating in high school is hard enough, but when you're gay? Forget it! Belinda is convinced there's no such thing as love, until she runs into her summer fling, and thinks they may be able to rekindle their romance. But when she sees her mom walking arm in arm with a man who is not ...

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Overview

From the Not Just Proms & Parties high-low series for reluctant teen readers and ESL students, which features quick reads, dynamic, character-driven plots, and positive messages for young women.
Dating in high school is hard enough, but when you're gay? Forget it! Belinda is convinced there's no such thing as love, until she runs into her summer fling, and thinks they may be able to rekindle their romance. But when she sees her mom walking arm in arm with a man who is not Belinda's father, her parents' marriage suddenly becomes the focus in her life.
Obsessed with the affair that could break up her family, Belinda ignores the people closest to her. In the end, she realizes that no one is perfect, and that she's lucky to have caring family and friends that accept her for who she is.

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"Passes with honours on portraying gay youth realistically, and also as a part of the whole picture, instead of apart from it...Credible and admirable."
TeensReadToo.com
"Short and fast-paced, it offers a typical teen dilemma, plus incorporates an important lesson...Teen girls will appreciate the smooth flowing prose and likeable characters. Published as lower-priced paperbacks, the series is also quite affordable for public or personal libraries."
Montreal Review of Books
“A solid, dialogue-driven story that will keep readers interested in the many affairs of the heart coursing through this novel.”
Children's Literature - Melyssa Malinowski
Belinda does not believe in love. Sure, her parents are happy enough and her two best friends have steady boyfriends, but the whole thing just seems like a joke to her. Except when it comes to Candice. She and Candice worked at a camp together last summer, and Belinda thinks they should be a couple. But as summer ends, so did their relationship. Not surprisingly, when they meet by chance at the mall, Belinda jumps at the chance to reconnect with Candice. Then trouble strikes. On her way to see Candice, Belinda sees her mother walking very cozily, arm-in-arm with a man that is not her father. Belinda becomes obsessed with her mother's affair. She becomes so fixated that Candice feels neglected. Belinda has a choice to make. Should she tell her father about the affair? Should she investigate more? Should she drop the whole thing and focus on her relationship with Candice? This book was a fun and quick read. I would highly recommend it for any reluctant readers. I would also recommend it because it is part of the "Not Just Proms and Parties" series. Readers can come back to a familiar setting with each book they read. Reviewer: Melyssa Malinowski
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897073629
  • Publisher: Lobster Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2007
  • Series: Not Just Proms & Parties Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

"Author Patricia G. Penny's volunteer experiences, including time as a Big Sister, inspired her to create the ""Not Just Proms & Parties"" series in which young women cope with the overwhelming problems of everyday life. After teaching and working in the human resources field for over fifteen years, she has taken time off to travel with her husband and write. She lives in Lakefield, Ontario."
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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    BELINDA'S OBSESSION by Patricia G. Penny is one of the latest in the NOT JUST PROMS & PARTIES series. Short (less than 140 pages) and fast-paced, it offers a typical teen dilemma, plus incorporates an important lesson. <BR/><BR/>Belinda is struggling with her own issues -- falling in love with Candice, a girl she met last summer. Acknowledging privately that she is gay took a lot of guts. Now she is at the point where she knows she needs to take a more public step. <BR/><BR/>Belinda's personal issues are overshadowed when she stumbles onto the knowledge that her mother might be having an affair. At the expense of her own new relationship, she begins to investigate. Her parents have been married for twenty-one years. How could her mother be living this other secret life? <BR/><BR/>This is a nice series, especially for reluctant readers. Teen girls will appreciate the smooth flowing prose and likeable characters. Published as lower-priced paperbacks, the series is also quite affordable for public or personal libraries.

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