by Vikki VanSickle
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
Suggested Ages: 10+
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Description: Clarissa tries to find her happily-ever-after in this clever, heartfelt follow-up to Love Is a Four-Letter Word!
One summer. That's all the time it takes to set your world spinning — or so Clarissa learns. Feeling abandoned by Mattie (camp), Benji (drama school), and even Michael (babysitting), Clarissa feels even more alone when her mother tells her she's marrying Doug. This announcement gets Clarissa thinking about her father, and her search for answers leads to her stumbling upon information about the secret teenage life of her mother, and more importantly, about Bill, her absentee father.
Will Clarissa be able to move beyond the past and take part in Annie's vision of the future? Happily ever after has never seemed so impossible
The Good Stuff
- Confession time: I have both of the other books in the series and I have never read them. I was just too nervous. I know Vikki and I was worried that if they sucked I wouldn't be able to look her in the eye. However, Scholastic sent me the latest in the series and I had to review it. Thanks Scholastics -- I loved, loved, loved the book & know I got two more books to review
- Clarissa is delightfully raw, honest, strong, imperfect and just so very real
- Reminds me of Judy Blume - and yes that is a good thing because Blume is kick ass
- Wryly funny
- Canadian! Laughed because my husband went to John A. MacDonald & I made out with a guy named Bill Davies once
- Really understands what its like to be young girl growing up
- Supporting characters are just as well developed as Clarissa
- Love the friendships
- The relationship between Clarissa and her mom is marvelous
- Enjoyed the fact that nothing was tied up sweetly or unrealistically
The Not So Good Stuff
- I now have guilt issues about not reading the other 2 books
"I don't see what's so great about it," I mutter. "It's like school except you have to sleep over. Outside.'
Mattie gasps. "Camp is not like school," she says. "There aren't any assignments or essays or teachers."
"But don't you have counselors that teach you stuff." (This conversation goes on from here and its hilarious - worth the price of the book alone)
"Smiles at the expense of Denise are rare. Mom is Denise's number one defender and rarely acknowledges her crazy factor, which is significant."
"(Does baby like his tummy tickled? Who's a silly boy?). No wonder it takes kids so long to learn to talk. No one ever asks them anything interesting."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Perfect for girls of any age. Both those in this age category and for anyone my age who can still remember what it was like to be that age
I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review