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Loves me, Loves me not
     

Loves me, Loves me not

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by Anilu Bernardo, Anuilu Bernardo
 

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VOYA - Amy S. Pattee
When Maggie Castillo discovers that the elderly patient she has been caring for after school is the grandmother of her longtime crush, school basketball star Zach, it seems like the work of fate--or the lucky jasmine blossom she plucks each morning. As Maggie feels her chances with Zach increase, her attentions are drawn to a different boy, the math-loving newcomer Justin. When Maggie's illusions about the popular jock begin to dissolve and she starts to recognize more attractive qualities in the brainier beau, Maggie fears her futile pursuit of Zach has ruined her chances for love with Justin. Throughout the novel, Maggie's insecurities and concerns are well voiced and will be distinctly recognizable to teens. Maggie's superstitious use of the jasmine and her romantic associations with Zach's team number ("The number nine... had taken on special significance in my world") are humorous but touching. Unfortunately, the awkward and inconsistent use of what Bernardo deems to be "teen-speak" weakens the novel's empathetic strength; however, the incorporation of Spanish language and Cuban culture into the text enlarges its perspective. Though Bernardo's two-boy-dilemma is vaguely reminiscent of a plot from the Love Stories series, this genuine narration will be well received by fans of Ellen Conford-esque romance. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9).
Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Maggie and Suzie are close friends and are beginning to experiment with dating and dealing with the emotions that are involved. Maggie is attracted to Zach but later learns he is not considerate, a flirt, prejudiced, and out for himself. Likewise, Suzie's flame turns out to only want sex which she flatly refuses. Maggie and Suzie are also Cuban and their culture is important to them. The simple text deals with complex emotions-first love, sexual attraction, first tentative steps away from a same-sex friendship to an opposite-sex relationship, seeing people for who they really are, racial discrimination, and choosing friends based on character.
Kirkus Reviews
A cardboard romance enlivened slightly by its Cuban-American milieu. Maggie is smart and focused; she wants to be a nurse, as her mother is, and scarcely recalls her father, who died just out of medical school when she was a baby. Maggie and her best friend, Susie, live in Miami; they are typical teenagers whose Cuban background is evident in their use of Spanglish and in family customs and food. Maggie pines for golden jock Zach, the grandson of an elderly woman, Mrs. Maxwell, whom she helps around the house; her crush so blinds her that she refuses to see that Zach is careless of his grandmother's needs and feelings, and dismissive of Maggie's heritage. In a subplot, Susie sets Maggie up with Justin, her boyfriend Carlos's best friend. Standard teen temptations are created and demolished: Justin barely escapes getting into a fight; Carlos pressures Susie for sex so she breaks up with him. A climactic Christmas dinner with Zach's family, where Maggie is Mrs. Maxwell's guest because her own mother has to work, convinces her of Zach's true nature. Everything's a little too easy and neat, but Maggie's veering from sensible to silly will comfort teenagers who do the same. (Fiction. 12-14) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558852594
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
169
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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Loves me, Loves me not 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of when i was that age. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I actually finished reading less than a week!!!! Amazingly for the first time ever i felt like if i actually enjoy reading. In my own opinion this book has open my mind and interest to continue on reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think 'Loves Me, Loves Me Not' is a really good book because it talks about a gilr named Maggie. She moved to the United States from Cuba. And it's a story on how teenage girls get problems with love and friendship. Also how she tryes to look for love in the wrong places when she doesn't know that love has come to her. I recomend this book to people that like to read love stories!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. I loved it, I couln't stop reading it at all! Not till I was finished. I recomend it to all the young girls, because it tells you about first-loves and frienship. Wich is a very important thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting and it kept me reading. I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I recommend this book to high school students because it is about finding your first love.