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by Lara M. Zeises

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

2005 Young Adult Novel Nominee

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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

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Published: November 2005

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