"But her depiction of the 'crazy upside-down roller-coaster ride' dynamics of 12—the friendships, rivalries, crushes, and little and big social slights—is almost unbearably real as is her sympathetic understanding of the human condition. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Consumed with guilt over the accidental death of her little sister and embarrassed by the poor living conditions and emotional fragility of her badly battered family, Lindy Perkins weaves a web of lies at her new, upscale school, then slowly, inexorably gets tangled in the sticky threads of her own falsehoods.
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