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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

by Hila Colman

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Melanie Streeter met Paul Wenzle in second grade and has loved him all her life. Friends take it for granted that they are ``together'' and so does Melanie. But when she's 16, Melanie wants hand-holding and light kissing to lead to more serious love. She feels passionate toward Paul and wants him to want her, but he doesn't. When he takes a trip to Mexico, Melanie is afraid he'll fall for some other girl. Instead, Paul meets Andrew, and finally admits what he'd only suspectedthat he is gay. When he returns, he tells Melanie the truth. The plot, gently rendered in the beginning, starts to fray here. Melanie is disbelieving, hurt and mad, or so we're toldthe reader isn't really drawn into Melanie's problems and doesn't understand her anguish. She then finds the strength to help Paul face his family, and decides that he'll just be her good friend. The ending is too pat, especially following a few scenes where different gay stereotypes are brought up didactically, only to be dismissed. Melanie is clingy, a hanger-on, rather than a girl who learns from love lost, and love (in a different sense) regained. (12up)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-9 A well-written and entertaining romance with a differenceColman makes it clear that ``happily ever after'' isn't always a fairy tale ending. Melanie and Paul grew up together, and she has always taken it for granted that they will eventually marry. Paul, however, shys away from any mention of their future together. Readers will figure out Paul's reasons for this withdrawal almost immediately, long before Paul gets up the courage to tell Melanie that he is gay. Melanie's despair and sense of loss are realistically portrayed, as are Paul's feelings. Readers will be glad to learn that Melanie and Paul's friendship survives and becomes stronger, making for a different, but nonetheless happy ending. The cover photo is very well done and should attract teens. Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline Public Library , Mass.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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7 - 11 Years

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