The Uncertainty Principle

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Senior year of high school has hardly begun, and already Kathy is bored. None of her classes is challenging, and a two-year relationship with Eddie is growing stale. On a whim, she enrolls in a physics course and becomes entranced by the subject, partly because of her infatuation with her handsome teacher. Kathy ultimately sees the world, her future career as a physicist (much to her parents' chagrin) and kind, adoring Eddie in a completely different light. Set in Southern California, this first-person narrative deals with adolescent sexuality, peer pressure and how important it is for young men and women to choose their own career goals. In this fifth title of the Portraits series, Sommers doesn't moralize, and her dialogue is flawless. Although Kathy's ``problems'' may receive scant sympathy from readers, they'll admire her strong, practical nature. Ages 11-16. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Hooray for Sommers for writing a story in which nerds are portrayed as human beings with interests and feelings. Teenage Kathy is interested in physics and its after-school club. Sommers's depiction of the club discussing football on their bus trip to Cal Tech does more for lifting the stigma attached to gifted and talented kids than any book in recent publishing. Additional merits are a teen love story in which both boy and girl work at the relationship; a good statement on teens being able to speak out for their individual interests against parents' preconceived notions; and a message about getting an education beyond high school that doesn't get bogged down. --Alice Cronin, Ocean County Library System, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449146088
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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