The author of Here's Looking at You, Kid is back with another view of the high-school scene; here, sophomore Nicole is...

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WATER FROM THE MOON

The author of Here's Looking at You, Kid is back with another view of the high-school scene; here, sophomore Nicole is disappointed in both her friendship with exotic Tanya and her crush on Josh, a college senior. Nicole Bernstein is a talented art student at a special high school in New York City. Her troubles are familiar. Josh works for her father; when both she and Josh are involved in shooting a TV commercial, she takes his casual interest and affectionate gestures for more than he feels. Meanwhile, Tanya tempts her with skipping out of school at lunchtime and smoking pot; she seems like a close friend; but when she moves away, Nicole's letter is returned, address unknown. Still, parents and brother Rob, who points out that the world is not always open and honest, provide a loving family to rely on, and long-term friend Amy is still available. Zalben's strength is her accurately observed teen-age world, presented in a comfortably undemanding style. Readers will have to be content with that, since the story has minimal plot and little tension; the connections Nicole hoped for were no more likely than ""water from the Moon,"" and their lack of development, while realistic, leaves the story a little flat.

Pub Date: March 25, 1987

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1987