The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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by Robin Palmer

Gilmore Girls meets Postcards from the Edge crossed with L.A. Candy!

Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Jacobs never asked to be famous, but as the daughter of Janie Jacobs, one of the biggest TV stars in the world, she is. Growing up is hard enough. Having to do it in public because your mother is a famous actress? Even harder. When your mom


Gilmore Girls meets Postcards from the Edge crossed with L.A. Candy!

Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Jacobs never asked to be famous, but as the daughter of Janie Jacobs, one of the biggest TV stars in the world, she is. Growing up is hard enough. Having to do it in public because your mother is a famous actress? Even harder. When your mom crashes and burns after her DUI mug shot is splashed across the internet? Definitely not fun. Then your mom falls for a guy so much younger than she that it would be more appropriate for you to be dating him? That’s just a train wreck waiting to happen.

From Robin Palmer, author of Geek Charming and Wicked Jealous, this is a novel about the most complicated relationship a girl ever has: that with her mother.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Annabelle has no time for anything other than caring for her alcoholic mother, the down-and-out former TV star Janie Jackson. The 16-year-old is her mother’s only true emotional support, and she takes on the responsibility of trying to keep her mother sober and their lives on the rails with little outside help. After Annabelle attends an Alateen meeting and her mother lands a movie role (following a trip to rehab), things start to look up. Palmer (Wicked Jealous) gives Annabelle a genuinely funny and self-deprecating voice that both prevents her internal monologues from bogging down the narrative and counterbalances the seriousness of their situation. Annabelle’s friends make negligible appearances, and aside from a boy named Matt—who walks into Annabelle’s life during the last third of the novel, offering the possibility of romance—this story really revolves around Annabelle and Janie’s relationship. Thanks to Annabelle’s witty, upbeat commentary, readers (particularly those who have faced alcoholism firsthand) will relate to and sympathize with her as she tries to ride out the rollercoaster of her mother’s drinking. Ages 12–up. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (June)
From the Publisher

"Both hilariously funny and often heartbreaking. Everything about it rings true; this is a must-read."  --Jeannine Garsee, author of The Unquiet and Say The Word

"Keenly observed, brutally funny, and bubbling over with heart. This is Robin Palmer at her best. I loved this ride through the intricacies of mothers and daughters, addiction and recovery, celebrity and reality, and love in all its many fabulous forms." --Jennifer Castle, author of You Look Different in Real Life and The Beginnings of After
  Raves for Robin Palmer's other books!

“A big heart + an insanely keen sense of humor = exactly the sort of book I love to read!” —Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of TTYL and Thirteen, on Cindy Ella

“This fairy-tale-based romance will be a favorite with girls, mostly because Cindy is such a wonderful character— thoughtful, intelligent, pretty, and kind.” —School Library Journal, on Cindy Ella

“The perils of popularity are showcased in a lighthearted contemporary novel filled with snappy dialogue.” —Publishers Weekly, on Geek Charming

“Robin Palmer takes a classic fairy tale and spins it on its head! Little Miss Red is funny and full of heart. You won’t be able to put it down.” —Jen Calonita, bestselling author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series and Sleepaway Girls, on Little Miss Red

“Fairy tale veteran Palmer delights with a feel-good Snow White update. A must for Grimm enthusiasts!” —Romantic Times, on Wicked Jealous

“Palmer retells the story of Snow White in her own quirky, hilarious style.” —Booklist, on Wicked Jealous

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Jackson must deal with the fallout of her actress mother's self-imposed exile from the Hollywood spotlight. Once famous for her role in a popular sitcom, Janie Jackson is now better known for appearing in the gossip blogs due to her outlandish behavior. Annabelle, who has her own quirky habits and suffers from panic attacks, struggles to hide her mother's increasingly dangerous addictions, but can no longer keep the paparazzi at bay when her mom is arrested for drunk driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. After Janie gets out of rehab, mother and daughter learn that their financial advisor has not only killed himself, but he's also robbed them of their estate. Forced to sell their belongings and move to a small apartment, Annabelle is sure her mother will relapse. However, a chance encounter with a famous action star leads to an audition for a movie that could turn Janie's career around. Suddenly Annabelle is faced with a new town, a responsible parent, and the potential for a romantic love interest. The fairy-tale ending is satisfying, but the dialogue and Annabelle's internal monologues are stilted. Some plot elements feel contrived, and characters struggle to be more than stereotypes. Readers will likely forgive these flaws in favor of a plot-driven story that deals not only with the codependent behavior of a girl with an alcoholic parent, but also the common fears and insecurities of a teenager.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD
Kirkus Reviews
A teenage girl and her showbiz mom are forced to re-evaluate their relationship after rehab in this lightweight recovery story by the author of Geek Charming (2009). After her washed-up actress mother, Janie Jackson, is arrested for drunk driving and enters rehab, 16-year-old photographer Annabelle has a hard time believing that Janie will be able to stay off the vodka. To learn how to cope, Annabelle joins Alateen. But when Janie scores a role in a new movie with hot young superstar Billy Barrett, Annabelle frets that if anything goes wrong, it could put her mom right back on the bottle. Fortunately she's distracted by her own crush on small-town boy Matt and the lure of a college photography fellowship. Annabelle and Janie eventually learn that their roles have changed and that they each have some growing up to do. Though the page count is too long and the plot predictable, Annabelle's neurotic, self-deprecating voice and hilarious habit of huffing Play-Doh when she's anxious will keep readers rooting for her. Palmer's television background is evident from the bouncy dialogue she creates among characters, which is the novel's greatest strength. Despite the humorous tone, the serious subject of recovery is sensitively handled. Anyone who's ever struggled with a family member's alcoholism will find a welcome and familiar friend in Annabelle. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

After growing up in Massachusetts and New Jersey, Robin Palmer graduated from Boston University in 1990 and moved to Hollywood where she worked in television for ten years before regaining her sanity and quitting her job to write. In addition to her modern retellings of fairy tales (the second of which—Geek Charming—was recently made into a movie for Disney Channel) she is also the author of the middle grade series Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker as well as various screenplays, television pilots, and misplaced To Do lists. After four years in New York City, she regained her sanity again and now  lives in a big pink barn in the Hudson Valley.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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