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ISBN13: 9780618773664
ISBN10: 0618773665
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Penelope Yeager is like a lot of sixteen-year-olds—she wants more independence from her crazy mother; she wants to get her drivers license; and she wants to get out of high school, away from her town. More than anything, Lopi wants to find someone to really connect with, someone to love—but short of that, she wants to have sex. Shes already figured out how to graduate a year early, but the rest isnt so easy. For one thing, her mother, Vivian, isnt just crazy: shes young, vivacious, and beautiful. No one can resist Vivs charms, but Lopi knows its all just an act. Viv is only pretending to be happy, trying to ignore Lopi and the horrible accident that changed everything between them. Lopi tries to pretend too, as she navigates the murky waters of sex and love and growing up, but she cant fool herself—Lopi has a secret that sets her apart: the accident was her fault, she is evil . . .

Review:

"Many teenagers obsess about sex and Penelope (Lopi) Yeager, the 16-year-old girl at the center of Jahn-Clough's (Country Girl, City Girl) latest novel, is certainly among them. Having grown up with her young, single mother Viv's revolving door of boyfriends, Lopi isn't exactly surprised by her own one-track mind ("I am so seriously screwed up. Never happy, never satisfied. Never alone, never together. I want so much"). Additionally, Lopi is burdened by her younger brother's death: her parents mistakenly ran over him when she was six years old, and she still believes it was her fault they divorced. Viv's current love interest is Josh; he's 14 years her junior and has all but moved in, making Lopi feel even more out of place. To hasten her independence, she strives to graduate high school a year early and leave her mother's watch behind (and to have sex as soon as possible). Although Lopi is able to put into motion the first half of her scheme, she finds the sex part of the equation less straightforward. She fumbles through awkward situations, frantically seeking sex and love, and hopelessly confusing the two. At times, the contrast between her nave fits of desperation and her mature thought processes can seem too great, and teens may well grow frustrated with her rash and melodramatic behavior. However, Jann-Clough deserves credit for resisting the urge to wrap up Lopi's story too tidily. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"'Many teenagers obsess about sex and Penelope (Lopi) Yeager, the 16-year-old girl at the center of Jahn-Clough's (Country Girl, City Girl) latest novel, is certainly among them. Having grown up with her young, single mother Viv's revolving door of boyfriends, Lopi isn't exactly surprised by her own one-track mind ('I am so seriously screwed up. Never happy, never satisfied. Never alone, never together. I want so much'). Additionally, Lopi is burdened by her younger brother's death: her parents mistakenly ran over him when she was six years old, and she still believes it was her fault they divorced. Viv's current love interest is Josh; he's 14 years her junior and has all but moved in, making Lopi feel even more out of place. To hasten her independence, she strives to graduate high school a year early and leave her mother's watch behind (and to have sex as soon as possible). Although Lopi is able to put into motion the first half of her scheme, she finds the sex part of the equation less straightforward. She fumbles through awkward situations, frantically seeking sex and love, and hopelessly confusing the two. At times, the contrast between her nave fits of desperation and her mature thought processes can seem too great, and teens may well grow frustrated with her rash and melodramatic behavior. However, Jann-Clough deserves credit for resisting the urge to wrap up Lopi's story too tidily. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) ' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The road to independence has never been easy, but sixteen-year-old Penelope Yeagar is determined to get there no matter what.

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Penelope Yeager only wants a few things in life: get out of high school, get her driver's license, fall in love, forget what happened ten years ago, and see her mother happy. Shes figured out how to get out of school a year early. If she can figure out the rest, maybe shell actually be happy. Unfortunately, the rest isnt nearly as easy.

“Jahn-Cloughs prose is infused with startling flashes of beauty”—Horn Book

"Fast-paced, well-written story."—School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Penelope RLopiS Yeager attempts to find independence as she copes with her little brother's tragic death and her mother's erratic and irresponsible parenting, or lack thereof.

About the Author

Lisa Jahn-Clough has written and illustrated a number of books for young children, including Alicia Has a Bad Day, My Friend and I, Missing Molly, Simon and Molly Plus Hester, and On the Hill, as well as her debut young adult novel Country Girl, City Girl. She is the chair of the illustration program at Maine College of Art and also teaches at the Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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I read through this book like fire! It was so great I could not bear to sleep until I had finished it. Reading this book really hit home. It could have been about me! A lot of young adults can enjoy this book
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618773664
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Location:
Boston
Author:
Jahn-Clough, Lisa
Author:
Clough, Lisa
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Family - Marriage & Divorce
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Family - Stepfamilies
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070423
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.5 in 0.35 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Many teenagers obsess about sex and Penelope (Lopi) Yeager, the 16-year-old girl at the center of Jahn-Clough's (Country Girl, City Girl) latest novel, is certainly among them. Having grown up with her young, single mother Viv's revolving door of boyfriends, Lopi isn't exactly surprised by her own one-track mind ("I am so seriously screwed up. Never happy, never satisfied. Never alone, never together. I want so much"). Additionally, Lopi is burdened by her younger brother's death: her parents mistakenly ran over him when she was six years old, and she still believes it was her fault they divorced. Viv's current love interest is Josh; he's 14 years her junior and has all but moved in, making Lopi feel even more out of place. To hasten her independence, she strives to graduate high school a year early and leave her mother's watch behind (and to have sex as soon as possible). Although Lopi is able to put into motion the first half of her scheme, she finds the sex part of the equation less straightforward. She fumbles through awkward situations, frantically seeking sex and love, and hopelessly confusing the two. At times, the contrast between her nave fits of desperation and her mature thought processes can seem too great, and teens may well grow frustrated with her rash and melodramatic behavior. However, Jann-Clough deserves credit for resisting the urge to wrap up Lopi's story too tidily. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Many teenagers obsess about sex and Penelope (Lopi) Yeager, the 16-year-old girl at the center of Jahn-Clough's (Country Girl, City Girl) latest novel, is certainly among them. Having grown up with her young, single mother Viv's revolving door of boyfriends, Lopi isn't exactly surprised by her own one-track mind ('I am so seriously screwed up. Never happy, never satisfied. Never alone, never together. I want so much'). Additionally, Lopi is burdened by her younger brother's death: her parents mistakenly ran over him when she was six years old, and she still believes it was her fault they divorced. Viv's current love interest is Josh; he's 14 years her junior and has all but moved in, making Lopi feel even more out of place. To hasten her independence, she strives to graduate high school a year early and leave her mother's watch behind (and to have sex as soon as possible). Although Lopi is able to put into motion the first half of her scheme, she finds the sex part of the equation less straightforward. She fumbles through awkward situations, frantically seeking sex and love, and hopelessly confusing the two. At times, the contrast between her nave fits of desperation and her mature thought processes can seem too great, and teens may well grow frustrated with her rash and melodramatic behavior. However, Jann-Clough deserves credit for resisting the urge to wrap up Lopi's story too tidily. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) ' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The road to independence has never been easy, but sixteen-year-old Penelope Yeagar is determined to get there no matter what.
"Synopsis" by ,
Sixteen-year-old Penelope Yeager only wants a few things in life: get out of high school, get her driver's license, fall in love, forget what happened ten years ago, and see her mother happy. Shes figured out how to get out of school a year early. If she can figure out the rest, maybe shell actually be happy. Unfortunately, the rest isnt nearly as easy.

“Jahn-Cloughs prose is infused with startling flashes of beauty”—Horn Book

"Fast-paced, well-written story."—School Library Journal

"Synopsis" by , Sixteen-year-old Penelope RLopiS Yeager attempts to find independence as she copes with her little brother's tragic death and her mother's erratic and irresponsible parenting, or lack thereof.
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