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GIRL, (NEARLY) 16, ABSOLUTE TORTURE
by Sue Limb

Genre: Mainstream

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Sue Limb's un-graceful Jess Jordan first graced the YA world in Girl, 15, Charming But Insane. Now the freak-out-prone comedienne is back--still charming but not so insane.

Jess got her man and they are massively in love. She's looking forward to
a perfect summer with Fred, until her mother informs her they're going on a two-week trip, ending with a visit to her dad. Jess is excited about seeing Dad but not excited about being stuck in a car with her mother and granny. Jess' insecurities emerge on the trip, as she and Fred fight and make up via text messages and phone calls. But surprises
at the end make her trip worthwhile.

The best thing about the first book was Jess's distinctive, feisty voice. Here, Limb saves the drama for the end, making most of the novel a travelogue sprinkled with Jess' insecurities. The girl's still lovable, and while it would have been nice to see more of her with her friends rather than adults, it's good to have her back. (Oct., 224 pp., $15.95)

Reviewed By: Taylor Morris

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: October 2005

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