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THE YEAR MY LIFE WENT DOWN THE LOO
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Emily Williams is being forced to do the unimaginable—move to England for a year with her family! Em can't think of a more torturous fate than being stuck in Piddlington-on-the-Wheld, a strange town with not one mall! Then she meets Aidan, perhaps the most gorgeous guy she's ever met (his two best friends aren't too shabby either!). School, on the other hand, is an entirely different story…
There are the usual class twits who irritate Em constantly, and there is one teacher whose resemblance to a horse rubs her the wrong way. Luckily, Em has Aidan and his posse to sit with at lunch. But things soon change. Is she Aidan's girlfriend or not? Why is it that every corner of her life has some awful yet comedic surprise lurking for her?
This debut book for Dorchester's new YA imprint is, in a word, refreshing. It's so true to life, dealing with an average teenage girl's issues instead of the mild and bland subjects covered in many other YA novels. Girls will laugh, sigh and squeal aloud as they embark upon Emily's journey. (Sep., 221 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed By: Ally DeGray
Published: September 2003