American Fringe

American Fringe

by Valerie Frankel
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American Fringe by Valerie Frankel

Spring has arrived, and everything's coming up roses. Not only is Adora Benet madly in love with Nate, she's landed her own teen advice column in he local paper. When her response to an anonymous letter-writer prompts a senator to run for president, Adora's column becomes the headlines. The media frenzy introduces Dora to the candidate's charming son, Toby, whose larger-than- life personality is distracting her from Nate, just when things are heating up.

Despite her newfound celebrity, Adora the advice queen can't help her friends, Eli and Liza, patch things up. Maybe the cute barista at the local coffee shop can do his part by serving Eli a spring fling that will make her forget all her troubles...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451222923
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Valerie Frankel lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. She contributes to many national magazines, including Allure, Glamour, Self, Cosmopolitan and O. She's written seven novels and co-authored three nonfiction titles.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After her two-week break from school, Adora Benet is ready to take Brownstate Collegiate Institute's halls by storm. With her boyfriend, Noel, back in her arms, her two best friends by her side and the wonderful feeling of spring in the air, Adora is feeling pretty awesome. Of course, feelings change.

After the wonderful thought of Liza moving into her house, Eli is beginning to regret that decision. Not only has Liza been getting on her nerves, but now El's mother has gone from briefcase-only to kitchenware-welcome. Eli is starting to feel a little left out since her mom spends a ton more effort caring for Liza then she ever did for Eli; of course, Eli would never show it. And Adora just so happens to be the only one out of the three who isn't affected by this. Can she be the peacemaker?

Sondra, Adora's somewhat enemy, has last her posse, which consisted of Lori and Micha. Now Sondra is trying to make a new friend out of Adora, but will Adora take this chance to get off the fringe?

Adora gets to run her own advice column, and it turns out to be very popular, maybe a little too popular. One of the articles Adora writes, about women in the work force, turns into a huge controversy, and puts Adora into the spotlight of the national media and on talk shows. And the person she gave advice to turns out to be Toby Livingston, whose mother is all about the red, white, and blue. Now if only she could get him out of her head.

Adora Benet's character flourishes as the FRINGE series continues. In AMERICAN FRINGE, we are able to see the various sides and feelings of Adora that everyone will be able to identify with. Valerie Frankel keeps the Adora that we have all come to know and love since the first book, and also keeps the momentum going. Watch out for FRINGE BENEFITS, next in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
adora is SO annoying in this book! i LOVED the other fringe books, but this one was just plain bad. i mean, all adora ever does is whine to her boyfriend and makeout with him. oh, and she's so needy with noel, it's pointless. i am truly dissapointed with this book. i DO recommend the other fringe books, but not this one.