TEN MILES HIGH by Felice Buckvar


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Ten miles high is the psychological wall that separates 14-year-old Ann (short for Andromeda, her father's fancy) from her slovenly, bitter mother--who berates Ann, complains about the musician husband who left her with a baby at 19, and becomes hysterical when she catches Ann talking to Robbie, a neighbor just back from a drug rehab center. Ann and Robbie have a secret, kissing friendship until her mother destroys his garden and his after-school job, and he leaves for an uncle's farm in self-defense. But Ann's new English teacher takes an interest in her and gets her a private-school scholarship; and though the other girls warn Ann that Ms. Barcley is probably a lesbian, Ann accepts her kindness--and publicly denies Robbie in order to keep it. It sounds dismal, and Buckvar's plodding narration kills off any life that might have been lurking behind the soap-opera situation, stereotyped characters, and fairy-tale ending.

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1981
Publisher: Morrow