ONE TRICK PONY by Daniella Brodsky


Age Range: 14 & up
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Caroline, a mysterious new owner, reopens a neighborhood coffee shop. Soon she is serving up advice and an odd assortment of coffees to four friends. Jesse, ever the player, finds himself longing for love. Frustrated musician Randall wants to find the courage to follow his music and his crush. Abigail, the dreamy poet, is still trying to find her way after the death of her mother. Kate, overconfident and often harsh, needs to let go. After drinking Caroline’s strange concoctions, they begin acting in uncharacteristic ways. Chapters rotate through the four characters as they try to navigate the rapids of their lives. While the premise is interesting, the mystery of the French barista never pans out. The tendency to tip into cliché further weakens the story. Despite its flaws, though, the story is an interesting look at the lives of four well-heeled teens, living life in the big city. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-385-73452-3
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007