A sequel to Ready or Not turns from Morgan Connor, as the central character, to her younger sister, Julie, who- now that Morgan is married- must hold the family together. At 16, and emotionally unbalanced, Julie has a hard time. Her problems include adolescent Ned Connor to whom Morgan had been a mother; her father, Dan, an intelligent but reserved man who feels guilty that he does not support his children in the way that he should; and Julie herself, in love with Geoff, Morgan's older brother in law, and unable to emerge from her private world and be of true help. But Julie's understanding of other people strengthens as she sees something of Morgan and Tom in the early months of their marriage, as she helps Ned through a period of mild but distasteful hoodlumism, and as she comes to realize that Geoff is not the only man in the world. Stressing goals of family and individual stability, this despite its display of its own emotions in overlong passages, is a solid part of this author's singular contribution to fiction for the teens.