Too Much T. J.

Too Much T. J.

by Jacqueline Shannon

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Razz Rocheleau is in the middle of a teen girl's dream-come-truethe biggest catch of Pacific Beach High, T.J., seems to be falling for her. Despite his love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation, Razz thinks T.J. will change for her. Then she ges some big newsher mother is marrying T.J.'s father, and Razz will be bunking down in the bedroom next to his. Razz is glad, but T.J. has predictably moved on to the next girl. And her problems are complicated further when T.J.'s overbearing father keeps holding Razz up as a model of perfection, and hounds T.J. for minor infractions of household rules. Razz knows that she can help set the score straight for T.J., but doesn't do so, out of anger at T.J.'s fickle behavior. Finally Razz decides that T.J. is worth defendingit's better to have him as a brother forever, than as a boyfriend with wanderlust. Shannon plays with changing family relationships deftly, catching every nuance with just the right touch. This Honorable Mention winner in Delacorte's First Young Adult Novel contest is a persuasive familial comedy of the '80s. (12-up)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-8 T. J. Hendricks, school hunk, practices his amorous moves on different girls each week. But unsuspecting Razz, newly transferred to the school, believes that she has been chosen his exclusive girlfriend. Even after she becomes aware that T. J. plays the field, Razz can't shake her romantic attachment to him. She is thrown into a tailspin, however, when her mother and T. J.'s father decide to marry, reacting with confusion, anger, and jealousy. Razz finally stabilizes her relationship with T. J. after she accepts the advice of her real father, that T. J. as a brother is better than no T. J. at all. As the story's narrator, Razz successfully reveals herself and credibly delineates the other major characters. Her narration also does a good job of balancing the romantic concerns and the broken family-new family themes, and it is especially effective in dramatizing the conflicts between T. J. and his father. Although Razz is sometimes too glib in telling the story, and the novel's resolutions are too pat, this first novel will have wide appeal. Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego

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