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by Rachel Cohn

Genre: Mainstream

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In this reader-demanded sequel
to Cohn's very popular debut novel, Gingerbread, plucky teenager Cyd Charisse is entering her senior year
at an alternative high school.

She is on the right track after a
year of behaving badly. Cyd gets along with her mom and she goes to school. She knows she will not be going to college, though, much to the chagrin of
her parents. As CC waits for her quasi-boyfriend Shrimp to figure out their relationship, she makes a couple of
girlfriends for the first time in her life.

Cohn always writes about taboo
subjects in a natural way. Abortion,
homosexuality and sexually active
teens are never off her radar. But Shrimp lacks the verve of Gingerbread. Our little hellion has lost some of her edge, and
her voice is not as fresh. Cyd is almost
too doting a girlfriend.

Still, Cohn has a wonderful sense
of San Francisco and New York, and
the conflicts between Cyd and her new friends are real. If only there was a little less Shrimp obsession and a little more Sugar Pie, Gingerbread and that old-
school Cyd rebellion… (Mar., 288
pp., $15.95)

Reviewed By: Taylor Morris

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: March 2005

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