HOME SWEET HOME by Jeanne Betancourt


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Tracey Jensen, 16, moves with her brother Tommy, 14, and her parents from N.Y.C. to her grandmother's New England farm to try country living for a year. At first, Tracy has Bloomingdale's and disco withdrawal, arriving for the first day of class at the Calvin Coolidge Regional High School in New York clothes and punk purple hair. Romance with a handsome--and unusually nice--football player helps her adjust, as does friend. ship with Anya Polakoff, an exchange student from the USSR. Tracy's values change and deepen as she organizes a fund-raiser for families in danger of losing their farms and comforts her dying grandmother. Meanwhile, Tracy's mother gives birth to a girl and the family--though mother was a Wall Street broker and father an editor of People magazine--decides to stay in the country and make a go of the farm. This energetic amalgam of romance and politics shines in its description of love between the generations. Everyone in the book is attractive and lovable, not quite to the point of seeming unbelievable. The issues raised are handled without didacticism. Cleanly and carefully written, often moving, and sure to please most readers.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1987
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Bantam