Giovanna has never liked her boyfriend's snotty friends, but it's not until he agrees to be popular Wilson's campaign manager in the student body presidential election-instead of her twin brother Dante's-that she publicly tells him "Jesse, we are over!" But it does not take her long to realize that she wants him back, preferably contrite, and a matchmaking friend helps her hatch a scheme. Giovanna is an amiable character "with a talent for making mistakes," some of which are quite hilarious; she mixes up her grandmother's loser neighbor with her blind date, ending up at dinner with a gambling addict who nicknames her "Panther," because he thinks she aggressively asked him out. (Jesse and his friends are at the same restaurant to witness her humiliation, of course.) Rallison (It's a Mall World After All) hints at deeper wounds here, as well: Giovanna admits that she is passionate about her brother's campaign because "when our mother lost her battle with cancer, a part of Dante's voice died with her." But mostly this is light fare (though a scene in which three drunk boys ruin Dante's campaign party, mooning the police, is more obnoxious than fun). Readers may wish they got to know some of the characters better-even Jesse remains somewhat of a mystery, beyond the obvious chemistry he has with Giovanna. But in the end, readers will appreciate the spunky protagonist, and the satisfying, if too neat, conclusion to her drama. Ages 12-up. (June)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriendby Janette Rallison
Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna's boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two. But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn't support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead. Shouldn-t the fact that Jesse is Giovanna's boyfriend count for something? So Giovanna dumps Jesse and… See more details below
Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna's boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two. But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn't support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead. Shouldn-t the fact that Jesse is Giovanna's boyfriend count for something? So Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante's campaign manager. But as the political debates heat up, Giovanna begins to regret breaking up with Jesse, and realizes that maybe her decision wasn't the political strategy she should have used?.
Giovanna and her twin brother, Dante, fit in at school, but are not part of the in crowd. Gi's criminal record for stealing dead frogs from her biology class doesn't help. So she knows she's lucky to have Jesse as a boyfriend, even if she thinks most of his friends are snobby and fake. When Dante decides to run against über-popular Wilson and represent the average student in the race for student body president, his sister expects Jesse to campaign for him. Instead, he decides to be Wilson's campaign manager. Giovanna decides to work for her brother herself and breaks up with her boyfriend. She soon regrets her decision, however, and she and her friends try a number of misguided ways to make her ex jealous while increasing Dante's chances of winning. Since Giovanna is both impulsive and unlucky, these attempts tend to end in slapstick comedy. This is a breezy look at high school life. Girls who read Meg Cabot and Cathy Hopkins will enjoy this amusing, if not memorable, chick-lit story.
Stephanie L. PetrusoCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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