Without giving too much away, the story is about a sweet, but physically abused girl who is sent to stay with another family in Los Angeles while her Dad tries to finish up school. We see her struggle to make new friends, meet boys and start in a school far from home.
When poor Boston girl, Stephanie, is abandoned by her abusive mother and taken in by Annie’s Los Angeles family, she feels anyting but at home. Her dark complexion and shabby clothes stick out inthe golden-hued world of blonds and extravagance. These are girls who seem to live life in fastforward, while Stephanie is stuck on pause. Yet when a new rival moves to town, threatening Annie’s queen-bee status, Stephanie finds herself taking sides in a battle she never even knew existed, and that feeling invisible is a wound that can only be healed by standing up for who she is.
What We Thought:
We loved the book! Although parts were incredibly sad, the main character Stephanie is a part of all of us. Mary Hanlon Stone has an amazing grasp of how teens talk and most importantly the subtly cruel world that teen girls have to grow-up in. We also loved that the positive messages through-out the book did not infringe on the reality of the teen world.
Who is this for?
We would recommend it for:
- Teen Girls
- Tween Girls
- Mother/Daughter book clubs
- Parents and adults who want to get an idea of the subtle, but oh-so-crucial rules of the teen social world.
Teen Reviewer Quote:
Our teen reviewer said:
“Stephanie is a wonderful character. You are always routing for her, but totally understand where she is coming from when she makes her mistakes. We have all been there. I also liked that the author tackled the really tough subjects of abuse and alcoholism in a way that was sensitive and honest. Great read for summer!”
-Rita, 14, Los Angeles, CA