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Kiss Me Tomorrow

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by Susan Shreve
     
 

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Blister is Susan Shreve's most popular character, and she's back to find out what happens when Cupid comes calling....

Blister was there for Jonah when he was the new student that everyone loved to hate. Blister was there for Jonah when he lied and said he was a big TV personality. And Blister was right alongside Jonah when he turned his lie into a real job at a

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Blister is Susan Shreve's most popular character, and she's back to find out what happens when Cupid comes calling....

Blister was there for Jonah when he was the new student that everyone loved to hate. Blister was there for Jonah when he lied and said he was a big TV personality. And Blister was right alongside Jonah when he turned his lie into a real job at a television station, complete with his very own show.

But now everything has changed. Because Jonah is in trouble once again, and he's looking to Blister to be more than just a friend....

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Kirkus
Entering Memorial Junior High is scary enough, but there are far worse changes in 13-year-old Blister Reed's life, including moving into a new house with her mother's surprise new boyfriend, and nearly losing her best friend Jonah. Wanting to be one of the popular boys, Jonah ignores her until, accused of shoplifting, he needs her help. On top of that, now he wants her to be his girlfriend. Feeling moody and out of control, Blister can't even count on herself. Luckily, her grandmother is still around to provide steady encouragement and the occasional lemon meringue pie. And happily, both the mother's boyfriend and "the creep across the street," who got Jonah into trouble, turn out to be better than she expected. This sequel to Blister (2001) stands on its own, with the events of Blister's elementary school years—including a stillborn baby sister, a divorce and her father's remarriage—smoothly woven in. Don't judge this by its chick-lit cover; this smoothly written family and friendship story perfectly captures the difficult balancing act of seventh grade. (Fiction. 10-14)

In this follow-up to Blister (2001), Alyssa, who adopted the nickname Blister during her parents' painful divorce, finds seventh grade to be rocky terrain. Her mother has a new boyfriend, and she feels abandoned by her best friend, Jonah, who leaves her to court the popular guys. Just as bewildering is the new attention she's getting from boys, and Blister has plenty of questions. While story threads seem a bit hastily tied together, the feelings and concerns are exactly right, from Blister's confusion about the father figures in her life to her anxiety about outfits and love: she likes her first kiss (but doesn't want to become the boy's girlfriend), and she worries about sex, which, while vaguely imagined, is still on the horizon (“Someday she would have a boyfriend and lie down in the backseat of a car with him. But not now.”) The eccentric supporting cast, especially Blister's show-tunes spouting grandmother, and Shreve's original, humorous voice round out a funny, poignant story that is just right for readers who, like Blister, have just begun to think about romance. –Gillian Engberg
SLJ
Gr 5-8–Alyssa “Blister” Reed experiences a whirlwind of change during seventh grade–she and her mother move in with her mother's new boyfriend, and best-friend Jonah repeatedly ditches her in his quest to fit in with the popular kids. When he runs away from home after being set up to take the blame for a theft, ever-resilient Blister seeks to rescue him. While coping with the internal tumult that defines early adolescence and the external changes forced upon her, the girl must figure out whom to trust and how to do the right thing for her friend. To add to her troubles, Jonah confesses that he wants more from Blister than just friendship. The breezy writing and tight plot move this stand-alone sequel to Blister (S & S, 2001) along at a clipped pace. Blister is a strong, believable protagonist whose dilemmas and conflicting emotions will resonate with tweens. Shreve deftly portrays the rockiness that typifies seventh grade through the endearing characters, subtle tone, and low-key wit that her readers have come to expect. And, while the cover indicates a fluffy read, there is much food for thought and discussion within the pages of this exceptional book.–Rebecca M. Jones, Fort Myers-Lee County Library, FL

Publishers Weekly
As Kiss Me Tomorrow by Susan Shreve opens, the "feisty, remarkably resourceful" heroine of Blister (according to PW's starred review) waits for her tardy friend Jonah on the first day of seventh grade. Their changing dynamic is just one of the complications facing Blister, who's still angry with her father for leaving and is not sure what to think of her mother's new boyfriend). Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Karen Sykeny
Blister is leaving childhood and elementary school behind while beginning her teenage years in middle school as a seventh grader. Her best friend and fellow individualist is the slightly pudgy and nerdy Jonah Morrison. They have been inseparable for years; however, her friendship with Jonah soon becomes strained. He is trying to fit in at school with the cool guys like Jakob Cutter. In addition, her relationship with her mother and father is not the best. Blister learns that she is moving to a newly purchased home with Frank Holt, her mother's boyfriend, and her father is always finding excuses why he cannot visit her. When Blister reads about a boy being arrested for shoplifting, she instinctively knows that it is Jonah, led on by the tough popular boys headed by Jakob. When Jonah runs away, Blister searches for him, finds him, and begins an investigation to prove his innocence, all the while being constantly bothered by Jakob Cutter. This engaging story has a strong, smart, and sassy lead female character and a nicely moving plot. It shows readers how tough middle school life and early teenage years can be socially and how to believe in and know oneself and help one's friends. Changes in social circles, first love, and mother/daughter/grandmother relationships are major themes in the story. The conversations and relationship between Blister and her unique grandmother, Daisy G, are especially endearing and funny.
Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Blister and Jonah are back, ready to start junior high, or maybe not. In the first month of seventh grade, Blister experiences several changes: Jonah dumps her to hang around the popular boys, her mom suddenly has a boyfriend, her body and mind are doing strange things, and she feels that she is no longer herself. When Jonah is picked up for shoplifting, Blister knows that he did not do it. She is reluctant to help him hide out in their old elementary school when he runs away, but she does not know what else to do. Thanks to Blister's steadfast friendship and the unexplained remorse of one of the popular boys who framed Jonah in the shoplifting incident, all ends well. Told in the third person omniscient from Blister's point of view, the reader is able to feel the sense of disequilibrium Blister feels when Jonah suddenly wants to be more than just friends. A great description of a girl's feelings, physical and emotional, during early puberty.
KLIATT
Blister and Jonah (two characters from other books by Shreve) are no longer children; they are 13 years old and starting 7th grade in junior high school. Jonah longs to be one of the popular kids, and he gets into trouble hanging around with some wild boys. Blister worries about her appearance for the first time and is confused by Jonah's changing feelings towards her. She wants everything to stay the same, to be Jonah's best friend. So even when he gets into trouble and runs away, she is loyal to him until the time comes when the police are involved and she can no longer lie for him. Shreve gets the emotions just right for these young teenagers. Blister's divorced mother has a new man in her life, and Blister just doesn't know what to feel for him. When she decides she likes him fine, she feels disloyal to her own father. Jonah longs to be important, like when he was in 6th grade. Blister's amazing grandmother, a 70s-something dance champion, lightens up every page she is on. Shreve has written many books for children, winning awards for most of them; this book about young teenagers for young teenagers is wonderful as well. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 2006, Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine Books, 211p., $16.99.. Ages 12 to 15.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Alyssa "Blister" Reed experiences a whirlwind of change during seventh grade-she and her mother move in with her mother's new boyfriend, and best-friend Jonah repeatedly ditches her in his quest to fit in with the popular kids. When he runs away from home after being set up to take the blame for a theft, ever-resilient Blister seeks to rescue him. While coping with the internal tumult that defines early adolescence and the external changes forced upon her, the girl must figure out whom to trust and how to do the right thing for her friend. To add to her troubles, Jonah confesses that he wants more from Blister than just friendship. The breezy writing and tight plot move this stand-alone sequel to Blister (Scholastic, 2001) along at a clipped pace. Blister is a strong, believable protagonist whose dilemmas and conflicting emotions will resonate with tweens. Shreve deftly portrays the rockiness that typifies seventh grade through the endearing characters, subtle tone, and low-key wit that her readers have come to expect. And, while the cover indicates a fluffy read, there is much food for thought and discussion within the pages of this exceptional book.-Rebecca M. Jones, Fort Myers-Lee County Library, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Entering Memorial Junior High is scary enough, but there are far worse changes in 13-year-old Blister Reed's life, including moving into a new house with her mother's surprise new boyfriend, and nearly losing her best friend Jonah. Wanting to be one of the popular boys, Jonah ignores her until, accused of shoplifting, he needs her help. On top of that, now he wants her to be his girlfriend. Feeling moody and out of control, Blister can't even count on herself. Luckily, her grandmother is still around to provide steady encouragement and the occasional lemon meringue pie. And happily, both the mother's boyfriend and "the creep across the street," who got Jonah into trouble, turn out to be better than she expected. This sequel to Blister (2001) stands on its own, with the events of Blister's elementary school years-including a stillborn baby sister, a divorce and her father's remarriage-smoothly woven in. Don't judge this by its chick-lit cover; this smoothly written family and friendship story perfectly captures the difficult balancing act of seventh grade. (Fiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439680479
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author


Susan Shreve is the author of twelve novels, more than twenty books for children, and the co-editor of three anthologies. She teaches at George Mason University, where she is a founder of the MFA Creative Writing program. Along with her books, Shreve also wrote short essay documentaries for the Jim Lehrer News Hour, and had one of her books adapted into an NBC series.

Susan Shreve lives in Washington DC with her husband.

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