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KLIATTTo quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2005: This entry in the YA chick-lit genre is both serious and entertaining, with three intelligent 17-year-old girls at the center of the story. They form a close friendship--an informal dinner club, cooking and sharing meals in one another's kitchens. The reader goes from girl to girl, entering into each one's life and family, and enjoying the times the girls are together, bringing their individuality to their friendship. The girls are Celia, an African American daughter of a sculptor; Junie, a Japanese-Jewish runner and scholar; and Danielle, from a large Italian family consisting mostly of women. They live in Manhattan and have a lot of freedom--suburban girls can only envy them, I'm sure. Yes, there is sex in the city, as each girl struggles with her love life. Danielle is attracted to a handsome loser, who cheats on her. Junie had a first sex experience with a longtime boyfriend and isn't ready to continue at that level of intimacy; in her confusion she breaks up with him. Celia has never had a boyfriend and in the course of the story falls in love with a visiting Pakistani from England. There is a lot more to their lives than romance, however--for instance, Celia's widower father has a gallery show; Danielle's beloved grandmother dies; and Junie's high-powered parents return home to spend some time with her. The friends share their feelings as they chop vegetables and enjoy sumptuous food (yeah! adolescent girls enjoying good food!) together. We really care about these young women. This is a first novel by a writer who knows New York City well since she went to Columbia University and currently lives in Brooklyn. KLIATT Codes:S--Recommended for senior high school students. 2005, HarperCollins, 246p., $7.99.. Ages 15 to 18.