In a sequel to The Diary of a Frantic Kid Sister (1973) narrator Sarah, now thirteen, takes a back seat to her...

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NOBODY HAS TO BE A KID FOREVER

In a sequel to The Diary of a Frantic Kid Sister (1973) narrator Sarah, now thirteen, takes a back seat to her stereotypically troubled friends and relations: her father, despondent at 50, always wanted to paint but got stuck in textile design; mother, unhappy with housework, starts out in a CR group and ends up moving into a loft with two other women; older sister Didi goes off rebelliously to live with her boyfriend; and pubescent friend Millie, neglected by her parents, daydreams of getting pregnant so she'll have someone to love all her own. Sarah finally switches best friends, straightens out her parents, and demonstrates her own maturation by progressing from a sexy junior high school boyfriend who inspires mild, erotic fantasies to an intellectual older one who encourages her to write. Sarah really can be, as Dad puts it, ""too smartass for your own good""--and Colman's situations, more than ever, read like sociodramas for a junior high school class in Contemporary Family Problems.

Pub Date: March 1, 1976

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 118

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1976