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Card sharp and former wild child Hallie Palmer is in college now-and Bernard Stockton, her legal guardian, has suddenly appeared during final exams. Hes hysterical about his recent breakup with his longtime boyfriend, Gil, and wants to enlist Hallie in a scheme to win Gil back. So Hallie returns to Cosgrove County, Ohio, for the summer, to her job as live-in yard person for Bernard and his delightfully oddball mother, Olivia. Also present are Ottavio, Olivias hot-tempered Italian lover, whos desperate for a wedding; Rocky, a chimpanzee whos one Singapore Sling away from an AA meeting for primates; and Hallies own ever-expanding family, which she fled as soon as she could slide down the drainpipe.

Around town, folks assume that since Hallie isnt in jail, she clearly has no problems of her own and can therefore tackle theirs. But Hallie has plenty of troubles-a looming tuition bill, gambling temptations, and an ex-boyfriend whos back in town for the summer to upset any potential if highly unlikely (a girl can dream!) romantic flings.

Yet as Hallie and company navigate lifes unexpected paths of games lost and love found, the real truth begins to emerge: With friends, family, and a place to call home, your hearts desire is always within reach.

Review:

"In this disappointing sequel to Beginner's Luck, spunky teen Hallie Palmer is finishing up her first year at the Cleveland Art Institute, juggling student loans, finals and the ever present dilemma of when and how to lose her virginity. Amid her troubles, Hallie is called upon by her former quasi-guardian, Bernard Stockton, to help him win back his boyfriend, Gill, so she agrees to stay with him once again and earn money doing garden work for the summer. (Bernard still shares a home with his 60-something, pornography-writing, cause-driven mother, Olivia, and her Italian live-in lover, Ottavio, as well as with Olivia's unpredictable pet chimpanzee, Rocky.) As a sign of changing times, Hallie's harried mom asks for her help with Louise, Hallie's party girl younger sister. Gill contemplates leaving his gay lifestyle to marry a woman and start a family, Bernard decides he wants to adopt a Chinese baby and Hallie can't get sex off the brain. Though Pedersen tries hard to match the zany, madcap atmosphere of Beginner's Luck, the sequel lacks the fresh spirit and charm that made its predecessor so winning. Agent, Judith Ehrlich. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345479556
Author:
Pedersen, Laura
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ohio
Subject:
Women college students
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Family saga
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.30x5.56x.92 in. .83 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345479556 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this disappointing sequel to Beginner's Luck, spunky teen Hallie Palmer is finishing up her first year at the Cleveland Art Institute, juggling student loans, finals and the ever present dilemma of when and how to lose her virginity. Amid her troubles, Hallie is called upon by her former quasi-guardian, Bernard Stockton, to help him win back his boyfriend, Gill, so she agrees to stay with him once again and earn money doing garden work for the summer. (Bernard still shares a home with his 60-something, pornography-writing, cause-driven mother, Olivia, and her Italian live-in lover, Ottavio, as well as with Olivia's unpredictable pet chimpanzee, Rocky.) As a sign of changing times, Hallie's harried mom asks for her help with Louise, Hallie's party girl younger sister. Gill contemplates leaving his gay lifestyle to marry a woman and start a family, Bernard decides he wants to adopt a Chinese baby and Hallie can't get sex off the brain. Though Pedersen tries hard to match the zany, madcap atmosphere of Beginner's Luck, the sequel lacks the fresh spirit and charm that made its predecessor so winning. Agent, Judith Ehrlich. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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