Welcome to Pound High School. Meet Sophomores Becky Vilhauer, the most powerful girl in school, and her two BFFs - Sheill Schroeder (#2) and Anika Dragomar (#3). When nerd-turned-hottie Logan McDonough, starts a friendship with Anika, she has some choices to make. Hide a relationship Becky will NOT approve of and risk her social status, or fall for Jared Kline, and keep her social position.
Anika decides she's going to try to do both. After all, she's made of "spider stew." Spending more time with Logan is awesome - but maybe a little scary. Just as she's sorting out her choices, tragedy strikes. Now, what will she do: follow her heart or follow her friends?
Really powerful and insightful. Anika is an excellent narrator, and her questions to the reader (did I make the right decision? what should I do with this money?) involve them even deeper in the story. By about two-thirds through you get a sense of how the story might go, but I found myself continuing to read hoping that I was wrong. Highly recommended for teens and book clubs with teens.
Powerful, poignant and oh-so-real. Teens facing peer pressure and outsider status will find a friend (albeit not always likeable) in Anika.
There is mild cursing, references to teen sex, alcoholism (parent), and child abuse. They do not overtake the story, but they are subjects that make some parents uncomfortable.
This is a first-person story about life as a teen and coming to grips with realizing what's really important v. what appears to be important.
Setting high school social strata aside, there are some great themes for readers and book clubs. Anika's choices aren't always the right ones, but are they totally wrong? Did she over-react to Logan's in-the-moment choice? Were there other ways she could have handled this? Did she impact Logan's decision to take on his father? Could she have changed the outcome?
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Buy. Anika is a character kids will relate to. They're going to want her to remind them about being true to yourself.