Jonah's problems in eighth grade are mostly typical: getting up the nerve to ask a girl out, figuring out what to do when...

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MY MOM MARRIED THE PRINCIPAL

Jonah's problems in eighth grade are mostly typical: getting up the nerve to ask a girl out, figuring out what to do when she says yes, getting dumped, fitting in. His mother's recent marriage to the principal complicates things a bit, but not much. Joining a drama group to be around Katherine proves at least as embarrassing, especially when he plays Cinderelvis, who wears a golden jock strap. This has all the luster of a phone call between eighth graders: the crushes, the would-be crushes, the waning crushes; Bechard (Star Hatchling, 1997, etc.) expands it into a novel, even though such conversations are sometimes less than compelling to anyone not participating directly. Amusing, with no staying power.

Pub Date: April 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 214

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1998