Terra Cooper has her life mapped out: get out of high school early, move away to college, and become an artist. She's in control. Then something in her world crashes - literally. She totals her car and, would you believe it, while she and her mom wait with the victims, relationships begin. Mrs. Fremont is professional, polished, and a world traveler. Terra's mom is obesely overweight and a homemaker, yet they become friends, each learning from the other. Jacob Freemont, too, is opening Terra's world to new ideas. It is scary - and exciting - the way Jacob sees past her heavy makeup (to hide a port wine stain) and her efforts to maintain control of everything. But will he see past her "forgetting" to tell him about her boyfriend?
There are strong lessons about beauty and love in this coming-of-age story of a high school girl.
Terra's relationship with her boyfriend is sexual. There is nothing graphic in the descriptions, but some may not be comfortable with their teens reading about young sexual relationships.
I love this book. There were parts where I wanted to run down the hall and read passages to my 9-year-old; but then there were parts where I knew she wasn't ready for the next part of the story. This is a wonderful mother-daughter book and so much to talk about. Mr. Cooper is a pivotal character, but he is very difficult to take and there were times I was very uncomfortable.
This is a young adult story with themes of family, love, growing up, and self discovery. This is an excellent high interest / low readability choice for high school students.
This is a wonderful selection for a mother-daughter book club, or just a book moms and daughters read together. Terra is an excellent narrator and you get a strong sense of family dynamics and relationships; friendship; and choices.
12 and Up
11 and Up
Buy. Terra is a character that grows to be a friend. Self-conscious teens will see a strong shoulder in her.