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Gr 9 Up
High school junior Jes is trying hard to be optimistic about the changes in her life: her mom's remarriage to well-meaning Cal; her suddenly confusing relationship with longtime friend Sam; her friend Dell's obsession with a new boyfriend; and sharing living space with Angela, her impossibly beautiful stepsister. She appreciates the insights she gains from Mr. Truelove, her psychology teacher, and gets to work on his assignment of a "life resumé" as she sorts through her feelings about her mother's pregnancy and her changing relationships. Friesen takes standard teen novel fare and freshens it up with an interesting, realistic cast of characters, especially Jes, who is both a protagonist readers will relate to and a witty narrator. Those who read Losing Forever (Kids Can, 2002) will be eager enough for this enjoyable sequel to look past the unattractive cover, but otherwise it may require hand selling, which it deserves.
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