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TWO OR THREE THINGS I FORGOT TO TELL YOU
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Oates’ undeniable talent shines here. In what under anyone else’s pen would be a plodding issue novel, Oates’ take on eating disorders, self-harm, relationships and divorce is made fascinating — through pitch-perfect dialogue and shifting points of view. Each character has a slightly different tone, and both are identifiably teenage without seeming forced. A not-quite-happy ending will leave you thinking. Perfect for sharp, literary teens.
In the wake of the suicide of quirky, mysterious Tink, Merissa and Nadia struggle to reclaim a sense of belonging and purpose. Merissa’s desperation for control leads to harmful behavior, while Nadia’s misguided lust for a teacher threatens to end in tragedy. Just as they need her most, it seems as though Tink comes back — or maybe she never left. (HARPERTEEN, Aug., 288 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062110473, HC, 14 & Up)
Reviewed By: Ellen Parsons
Published: August 2012