TO BE MONA by Kelly Easton


Age Range: 12 & up
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Sage Priestly can’t tell anyone about her mother’s dramatically erratic behavior. Much older than her 17 years, she keeps the household running while concealing her family’s poverty in a town where her fellow high-school students drive luxury cars and buy $300 purses on impulse. She dreams of popularity, but harbors too many secrets to trust anyone but her best friend and next-door neighbor, Vern. When her longtime crush shows an interest in her, she is awed and grateful—Roger is, after all, a football player and the ex-boyfriend of the student-body president, the titular Mona, whom Sage both idolizes and loathes. But Sage’s romantic life begins to unravel in tandem with her home life, and she gradually realizes that she’s in over her head. Easton’s use of multiple narrators gives readers a clear window into the motivations and machinations of those whose actions affect her life. Teens who have struggled to cope with mental illness, abusive relationships, homophobia and/or self-definition will recognize themselves in these pages, and a useful afterword includes resources for getting help. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Nov. 25th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0054-2
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2008


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