Who Says Nobody's Perfect?

Who Says Nobody's Perfect?

by Mary Anderson

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-8 With her older sister Carolyn in Norway on an exchange program, Jenny hopes that it will be her turn to shine as a pretty and popular student. But instead she finds herself competing with Ingvild, a blonde Norwegian beauty who is prettier and more popular. Jenny and her friend Liza try to learn things that will impress the boys the way Ingvild does, but skiing, acting, and sewing are not their forte. Instead, Jenny finds that jealousy is something she excels at, a fact that is unpleasant and, she realizes, unfair. Ingvild is initially portrayed as being too good to be true, but in reality Ingvild herself is trying to be someone she's not, and that revelation is a turning point for both girls. There are some exaggerated characters, especially sister Carolyn, but on the whole the book reflects typical high-school behavior, including a main character who gratingly says ``me and Liza'' instead of ``Liza and I.'' Despite losing a competition for the Lovey Face cosmetics model, by story's end Jenny is much more accepting of herself and her status with others. Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library

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Random House Children's Books
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