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THE SWEET LIFE OF STELLA MADISON by Lara M. Zeises

THE SWEET LIFE OF STELLA MADISON

By Lara M. Zeises

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: July 14th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-73146-1
Publisher: Delacorte

Seventeen-year-old Stella has multiple problems in this breezy adolescent dilemma story. She’s almost at the “I love you” stage with her boyfriend, Max, a sweetie, but she’s shamefully attracted to her mom’s new intern, Jeremy, a hottie. Zeises doesn’t just depend on teenage romance for the plot’s fizz, though; she introduces additional difficulties for her struggling heroine. Stella has the misfortune of being the only daughter of a famous French chef, and her mom’s also a “foodie,” running an upscale restaurant that features cooking demonstrations from a different chef each week. Stella rebels against gourmet food but lands a good summer job as a restaurant critic and has to depend on Jeremy, with awkward consequences, for advice. The author keeps the narrative moving along at a good clip with some well-developed, recognizable characters. The story never descends too deeply into actual angst but floats along merrily on the surface. That’s fine for this genre and makes this effort one that will appeal widely among teen girls. Good, chatty fun. (Fiction. YA)