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