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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After an episode of nearly relentless emotional and physical upheaval (related in Friends for Life ), Beverly begins to pick up the pieces of her life and learns to trust people again. Ages 12-up. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10 This sequel to Friends for Life (Avon, 1983), a tale of drugs and murder, deals with another of Tim's victims, his one-time girl friend, Beverly. Already alienated by her parent's divorce and her mother's subsequent suicide, Beverly bears an additional burden of guilt. She knew better than anyone how crazy Tim was; she had been a victim of his violent temper. If she had only told someone about him, perhaps the murders could have been avoided. She blames herself for the death of a classmate, and so do fellow students, who avoid her. She cuts off the overtures made by her stepmother and resists the help of the psychiatrist she visits weekly. But she finds herself initiating chance meetings with Derek, a young groundskeeper who works in a nearby park. Although at first she's sure that her father won't approve, she finds a tender heart under his wise-guy wit and begins tentatively to trust him. When she finally confesses her involvement in the murders, his understanding allows her to start forgiving herself and to finally accept her new family. While the story veers toward melodrama at times, it is compelling, and readers will appreciate the hopeful note at the end of the book. Eleanor K. MacDonald, Palos Verdes Library District, Calif.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590337816
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/5/1986
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 years

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    this was a very good book, even though i have never read it....think that over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    6th grade review

    I think I chose this book because I like exciting books, and I thought that this would be plenty exciting. I thought it would be about a girl and how she lost all her friends, and I was partly right. I did think that the book was exciting, but not what I excpected it to be. I think that if I have time, I would read it again. This book was about a girl in high school who meets a boy and starts dating him. Very soon, however, she finds out something about him that makes her upset. When he figures out that she knows, he hurts her. The boy, Tim, gets sent to court for what he did. He says that she, Beverly, helped him every step of the way. Is he going to fool the judges? In Beverly¿s spare time, she goes outside often and goes for walks with her dog. She goes to the Public Gardens and starts to read, where a boy starts to talk to her. The first time she sees him, she doesn¿t talk to him and runs away. But Beverly keeps going back, to see him. Very slowly, she opens up to him and they become friends. This book is a fictional book and is written by Ellen Emerson White. I liked this book because it seened so realtistic, and also because it is very detailed and is written very well. I think that anyone (ages 10 and up), whether they enjoy reading or not, will like this book. ***** (five stars) this book will have you up all night in excitement!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    What Would Happen if You Were A Murderer's Girlfriend?

    Beverly is a typical seventeen year old teenager who lives with her father (a Harvard professor), her stepmother (a 'hippie child') and her stepbrother Oliver, an adorable 5 year-old. She goes to an upscale private school and used to date one of the handsomest, most popular guys in school. She gets straight A's and is at the top of her class. The only problem is, she is a witness for the prosecution at the trial of her ex-boyfriend for murdering a girl at school and attempting to murder two other students. <p> This book tells the story of how Beverly tries to live a 'Life without Friends' because she feels that she doesn't deserve them. She often wishes that her ex-boyfriend had killed her instead so that she wouldn't have to put her family through the spectacle of a murder trial. However, she accidentally meets a guy in the park named Derek and becomes friends with him. Beverly is very scared of trying to love someone again and pushes Derek away every chance she gets, but she really likes being around him... <p> Eventually, Beverly & Derek do get together and Ellen Emerson White takes us through Beverly's changing relationship with her father, her stepmother, her new boyfriend and her psychologist and shows us that there are always people who love you, no matter what happens. <p> Although this book is written for teens and children, I think that it is wonderful and I have read and re-read it many times. Beverly is such a likeable character and most girls will identify with her low self-esteem and her desire to change her life. The characters are well developed and fun to get to know. I especially enjoyed Beverly and her interaction with the people around her. She has an offbeat sense of humor and often makes the reader laugh during the telling of the story. I highly recommend this book for any female who is looking for a nice romance with a more serious undertone.

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