Confess-O-Ramaby Ron Koertge, Ronald Koertge
It's no wonder Tony often
When Tony's mother's fourth husband dies, Tony ends up taking care of his mother and himself. As the new kid in high school, he vows to blend in with the crowd and avoid attachments. But he soon meets Jordan, who's both intriguing and flamboyant, dressed in black, adorned in padlocks and chains and a sign saying "Instant Chastity."
It's no wonder Tony often dials a self-help hotline called Confess-O-Rama. While Tony pours out his heart and secrets, little does he know that Jordan runs Confess-O-Rama and plans to use all the dialogue for an auditory art exhibit.
The deaths of four husbands in succession having turned his mother into a grief junkie, and Tony is cast in the role of caregiver: He keeps her medication straight, jogs her elbow when she zones out, does most of the housework, and persuades her to eat. Unable to develop a social life, he finds solace in the kitchen and becomes an outstanding cook. His hope of staying invisible at a new school dissipates when he meets Jordan, a pushy classmate with a taste in apparel that runs to brassieres made from headlights and small dartboards; as she battles his reserve, he expertly rescues her from culinary and other disasters, meanwhile baring his soul to the anonymous Confess-O-Rama hotline. Though inflated by a few too many pointless or satiric cameos, the background cast displays an appealing mixture of wisdom and quirkiness, and the main players are far from stereotyped. Readers are likely to remember Tony for his kitchen skills, but he shows the stuff he's made of wheneven after learning that Confess-O-Rama is Jordan's answering machinehe stands by her (with a couple of artichokes taped to his chest) after her sartorial nonconformity lands her in hot water with school authorities. Koertge takes some potshots at the art world and the usual teen novel targets as he explores an unconventional friendship with sensitivity.
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- 12 - 17 Years
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I really love this book. I would give it 6 stars if possible. I loved it. I can really relate to jordan.