This is a drama about family and first love. There's something for everyone in Zeises' fun yet powerful novel.

Seattle's mom died and her dad bailed, so her stepmom took her in, along with stepbrothers Critter and Jesse. When Critter and Seattle begin to have uncomfortable feelings for each other, they start dating other people. Then Seattle's dad breezes back into her life, and she will have to learn what the true meaning of love and family is.

Zeises alternates seamlessly between Seattle's and Critter's voices. The emotions are complex yet heartfelt, and Zeises bangs the teens' feelings up against each other with expert ease. (Nov., 256 pp., $15.95, ISBN: 0385731450)
Reviewed by: 
Taylor Morris