Love, Cajun Style

Love, Cajun Style

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by Diane Les Becquets
     
 

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It's the summer before Lucy's senior year in high school, and life in her sleepy Louisiana town is about to be turned upside down. Her mama's flirting with the dark stranger who runs the art gallery, her best friends Mary Jordan and Evie have boys on the brain, the drama teacher is sparking some powerful (if very, very wrong) feelings in Lucy, and a new boy has

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It's the summer before Lucy's senior year in high school, and life in her sleepy Louisiana town is about to be turned upside down. Her mama's flirting with the dark stranger who runs the art gallery, her best friends Mary Jordan and Evie have boys on the brain, the drama teacher is sparking some powerful (if very, very wrong) feelings in Lucy, and a new boy has moved to town--Dewey, whose gentle ways captivate her. With everyone, including herself, so embroiled in affairs of the heart, it is any wonder the town of Sweetbay is fixin' to have itself one sweltering summer?

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School Library Journal
Gr 8-11-Growing up is inevitable but confusing for Lucy, whose 16th summer unfolds with the sweet, languid pace of her small Louisiana town. Her mother might be having an affair, her best friend's boyfriend might be cheating, and something's up with her favorite aunt's love life. There's romance brewing at the local retirement home, and the sexy new drama teacher doesn't seem to appreciate her baby-sitting skills as much as he seems to want something else-something that feels especially wrong compared to the feeling Lucy gets around blond, piano-playing Dewey. Her professed reticence to growing up seems mildly at odds with her perceptive nature, but overall her coming-of-age rings true. With a cast of distinctive characters, this story is told with humor and warmth and is deliciously full of Cajun metaphors and mouth-watering cooking descriptions-and one particular scene with Tabasco that will provoke squirms and giggling. Recommended for fans of Ellen Wittlinger, Joan Bauer, Deb Calleti, and the like.-Rhona Campbell, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Here's a quick-moving story focusing on a trio of high school girls coping with the tensions of sexuality in their small Louisiana town. Lucy's intellectual friend Mary Jordan seems to have patched up a fight with her boyfriend, while their friend Evie appears to have found a true love, all as Lucy worries if she'll ever find love. She especially worries that her intensely religious mother may be having an affair with an artist who has recently moved to town. Meanwhile, Lucy's relationship with Dewey, the artist's talented son, slowly moves in the right direction. Filled with playful vignettes of a fun-loving Cajun lifestyle, here's a novel dealing with sexuality that can appeal to both conservative and liberal readers. Not all characters make good decisions, but the love of the three friends for each other heals wounds. Realistic, affecting and enjoyable throughout. (Fiction. YA)

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ISBN-13:
9781582346748
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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