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eBook formatMass Market Paperback, (torrent)En
PublisherLaurel Leaf
File size6.9 Mb
GanreYoung Adult
Release date 01.10.1995
ISBN9780440204831
Pages count160
Book rating4.56 (100 votes)
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Fictional narrative that follows the story of Olivia Sinclair who is recalling her freshman year in a new city and high school. During this year, she meets her first "love", David, in a biology class which turns into an untraditional, exploratory, and eye-opening sex education class. As a project for this class, Olivia and David decide to become friends with a mysterious new neighbor, Maggie, who is enduring a difficult pregnancy and harboring a painful secret that will change all of their lives.

Interesting approach, in both format and character development, to have the narrative "cased" on either end to formulate the story as a flashback. However, though by the last "epilogue" the character of the biology teacher insinuates that about a year has passed, the narrative structure would have benefited from a firm, forthright mention of how much time has passed, how old the main character is now, in order to see a greater (or lack thereof) growth. On the other hand, Davis does a good job in presenting very traditional foils, in the characters of Olivia and David, though it would have been nice to have a same-sex counterpart for each of them too; the closes comparison for another girl we seem to get (at least for Olivia) is Helen.

There were moments when I felt that both Olivia and David were a bit naïve for their age, and I was surprised that the author did not allow them to uncover Maggie's "secret" until it was too late. However, I was also surprised by the ending of the book (I did not expect David to die, if anyone, I expected Maggie), so perhaps that speaks to the strong writing of Davis, and how she can easily manipulate a reader into being optimistic and hoping for an outcome where David and Ophelia can secretly and successfully help Maggie. Also, a few scenes during the biology class verge on the didactic, but over all, it is a unique approach to easing in a young reader to begin thinking about difficult topics surrounding sex, politics, and responsibility. Overall, a good quick read. It would be nice to have a reprint of this title, with an update, new cover, for today's readers. With the exception of a few slang phrases (i.e. "far out"), the themes and issues are timeless.

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