The Darlings in Love

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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 ...

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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 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.

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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: 1/10/2012
  • Series: Darlings Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Kantor ( is the author of the best-selling Confessions of a Not It Girl, a Booklist Best Romance Novel for Youth in 2004; If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, a YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick in 2006; The Breakup Bible, a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults nominee in 2007; and Girlfriend Material, a Texas Lone Star Reading List winner and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Melissa is a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband, the poet Benjamin Gantcher, and their three children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Sorta good

    This book is ok. It could have been better,it was not worth 10 bucks but whatever....................sigh

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013


    Loved this book! People read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012


    Um i lik the author i guess lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    The Darlings are back... and in love ?

    The three girls who started it all are back. The trio has settled into their seperate high school lives, but have kept their friendship together and even stronger in the second yummy book in this utterly delish series by Melissa Kantor.

    Victoria: The hopeless romantic. Jack: The irresistible songwriter... but is he writing off Victoria?
    Is finally fitting in at Morningside, with her fun friends Georgia and Maeve, and her loving boyfriend, Jack. She loves being with him... and his friends? Lately all Jack wants to think about are his friends and music, a.k.a. everthing Victoria hates. Can she find her voice and tell him how she feels, or will the once-happy couple go seperate ways angrily?

    Natalya: The overachiever. Colin: The perfect match, if only the game were less complicated.
    Is regretting choosing Colin "cool" sister Morgan Prewitt over her "dorky" brother Colin, especially since Morgan now wants nothing to do with her. Then everything comes together for Nat. Colin is the perfect match in more ways than one, and Natalya has a great friend, Jordyn and feels like she's becoming closer with fellow bio-lover Alison. When things fall apart will Nat be able to pull them together again, or will she simply have to accept life as it is and move on?

    Jane: The drama queen. Simon: The greek god... of mixed signals.
    Is sick of being the only person she knows who is head-over-heels in love. Until she gets back to acting, this time with an new hot, perfect, and classy guy at her side. Unfortunately, the most annoying boy EVER is directing and totally degrading her skills. Lately, the only good thing in her life is Simon, who makes her feel special and gorgeous. She's convinced he's the greek god to her goddess... until he breaks news that changes everything. Is Jane just destined for failure in the love field or will she forge new friendships and turn to her Darlings as they all realize that boys come and go, but best friends are forever.

    Okay, reading this book? It was like eating a heavenly slice of a cloud. Ever since I read The Darlings are Forever (go read it NOW if you haven't already and get ready for divinity) I wanted, no, NEEDED to read the sequel. I had high hopes and they were TOTALLY fufilled. This is a great story about staying true to your friends, boys, and standing tall no matter what twists and turns your life takes.

    I would (and did) recommend it to all my friends, and to any girl ages 12-15. The book had some MINOR language (junior high), and (even though people kiss in, like, every Disney movie) a lot of kissing. Just kissing though, nothing more than that (although there were some minor mentions). It was a sweet and funny read, yet still emotional and not at all airheady like some YA books. I bawled at the opening of Nana's art gallery when Jane is distraught over missing her, and the part at the beginning with Victoria and Jack?? It totally made me say "awwww" and decide that they are the cutest, sweetest, most romantic couple EVER.
    The book had realistic problems, and the girls responded to problems exactly like I would have. They had feeling about things like normal people: not to over-the-top, and not emotionless.
    The best book EVER, and now officialy my fave. Five stars for the book, and three, wait, FIVE cheers for Melissa Kantor and her geniusness. I am a darling in LOVE with this book. ?

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