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"We'll have fun," Mom pleaded. "You've always wanted a brother" "A younger brother," said Parker. "I wanted a younger brother." "But Eric is great. He'll-" "You don't get it, Mom. I've always been the youngest. Now I'm going to be even younger!"
Before her mom remarried, Lily was the eldest; now she has dropped to second from the bottom. Her 13-year-old stepsister, V, is brilliant, popular, and seriously beautiful, but "lately she's been toxic waste." That, however, is only Lily's viewpoint. Hicks tells her uproarious story in fast, alternating narratives from the four stepsiblings, who suddenly find themselves together in a blended family. Along with all the jealousy and hurt, they still have fun, as when they hold a rock-paper-scissors competition for a neighborhood fund-raiser. There's also a little puzzle. Who has destroyed the tomatoes that V has been growing to raise money to send soccer balls to kids in Iraq? Without heavy message, the switching viewpoints make readers privy to the family secrets and the lies, as the combination of farce and tenderness in daily life brings home both the struggle and the fun.Booklist
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)|
|Lexile:||680L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
"Everything about this novel was out of order," says Betty Hicks. She adds, "The family itself, their problems, their fun. I even found myself writing it out of order. It was wild. The only thing never in doubt was the title." Betty Hicks is the author of I Smell Like Ham, Animal House and Iz, and Busted! She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down! It seems like this book can become real life sometimes... in my family! My favorite part was when they decide to raise more money for soccer uniforms after they buy the soccer balls. I liked this part so much because it is so heart warming and nice!
I read this book for a 6th grade report and it is great! I would recommend it for ages 9-13! Fantastic!
Being involved in the 'blended' family on the adult end, I very much appreciated this story. It gave an honest look at the emotions that occur when two households and all that is involved try to merge into one, completely new and improved family. It emphasizes the existing differences and shows how the little things, such as praise, approval and just being able to share situations together make new memories that can co-exist with the old. It was an upbeat tale with many serious issues exposed between children, parents and relatives. It is not easy, but it can be done with minimum damage to all concerned if done with love.