The Darlings in Love

The Darlings in Love

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by Melissa Kantor
     
 

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The Darlings have just begun their second semester of ninth grade, and love is in the air.

Victoria: The sweetheart
Jack: The irresistible songwriter but is he writing off Victoria?

Natalya: The overachiever
Colin: The perfect match, if only the game were less complicated

Jane: The drama queen
Simon: The Greek god of mixed

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Overview

The Darlings have just begun their second semester of ninth grade, and love is in the air.

Victoria: The sweetheart
Jack: The irresistible songwriter but is he writing off Victoria?

Natalya: The overachiever
Colin: The perfect match, if only the game were less complicated

Jane: The drama queen
Simon: The Greek god of mixed signals

In the face of both joy and heartbreak, the Darlings know that they'll always have each other. Boys come and go, but the Darlings are still forever.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
"When it comes to boys, we're all crazy." Truer words were never spoken—at least, if you're talking about these three girls. For Victoria and musician boyfriend Jack, it is either opposites attract...or opposites break up. Initially claiming to be "flying in love," rather than "falling," Victoria's soaring heart soon turns insecure when Jack spends more time with his musical cronies than with her and her BFFs. BFF number one is Jane, recovering from an unrequited teacher crush. Attending a prestigious performing arts high school, the appropriately melodramatic Jane sees herself as "sailing the ocean of love as a first-class passenger on the Titanic." Her luck appears to change when she meets a fellow actor who seems too good to be true. Last but not least is Natalya, a shy and brilliant chess player whose secret heartthrob also plays the game. Alas, if only life were "A box with the rules clearly printed...and you could always tell who was winning." Written in a fun, breezy style, this second book about "The Darlings" is sure to please fans of the prequel. Discriminating readers may find it hard to believe that 14-year-olds (especially one on a full scholarship) run around buying expensive clothes, eating out all the time and traveling everywhere sans adult supervision—but this is fiction after all. Discriminating readers may also find Jane's refusal to believe her would-be beau is gay a tad frustrating, and perhaps have an occasional urge to shout "Do any of you think about anything besides boys?" Still, even if the book is hurled across the room, it will be picked up again before long. Reviewer: Naomi Milliner
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—In this sequel to The Darlings Are Forever (Hyperion, 2011), three close friends with appealing and distinctive personalities support one another through the ups and downs of romance during their first year in high school. Victoria's boyfriend, Jack, has more in common with his friends than with her. Natalya has a crush on her chess partner, Collin. He seems to share her feelings even though he has a girlfriend who Natalya knows and likes. And drama queen Jane falls for the handsome boy who acts opposite her in Medea, but he isn't sure he's straight. The girls' stories are well defined, and they develop on parallel tracks. But until readers realize that the protagonists go to different schools, interactions among them can be slightly confusing. Realistically, they meet up and connect through texting, and it's their warm and lighthearted banter that makes this novel stand out. At the same time, these are strong characters, each of whom has developed a life away from the others. Secondary characters, too, feel worth knowing. In fact, Jane's classmate, Michael, the sometimes-irritating director of Medea, may be waiting in the wings for her. None of the stories ends predictably, and enough loose ends are left for readers to want to spend more time with such pleasant company.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
"The Darlings"--Jane, Natalya and Victoria--return in this tumultuous tale of first love (The Darlings Are Forever, 2011). Having successfully navigated the transition to high school, the best friends now face their first serious relationships. Natalya gets a second chance at love when former crush Colin suddenly reappears in her life. Actress Jane embarks on a new romance with her stunning but mysterious co-star, Simon, while Victoria happily continues dating Jack. However, the façade of these seemingly perfect relationships soon starts to crumble, as love, like life, quickly becomes complicated. Kantor consummately conveys both the heartache and joy of first love. As the trio moves through the peaks and valleys of their relationships, they emerge slightly heartsore but infinitely wiser. Through the girls' dating dilemmas, Kantor contemplates such topics as honesty, personal integrity and the importance of maintaining one's own identity within a relationship. The strength of the tale lies in the girls' steadfast, mutual support: Their friendship endures through advice given and not taken, remaining solid when things go awry. While the girls may struggle with the complexities of life and love, readers will be confident that this resilient trio will prevail. (Fiction. 13 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423123699
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Series:
Darlings Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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