PEACE, LOVE, & BABY DUCKS by Lauren Myracle

PEACE, LOVE, & BABY DUCKS

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Predictable territory is made richer by a large cast of multidimensional characters in this work of contemporary realism set in an affluent Atlanta community. Older sister Carly returns from wilderness camp to discover that her little sister Anna has morphed in a matter of weeks from little girl to hottie, just in time for the start of her freshman year at the same Christian private school Carly attends. In first-person narration, Carly styles herself as a free spirit, listening to music from the late ’60s and wearing retro, hippie clothes. This spawns growing pains between the two girls, as Carly becomes increasingly critical of the image-consciousness that dominates their family life and the social sphere of their peers, even as she falls deep into a crush on a boy based on little more than surface-level traits. Myracle’s spot-on portrayal of a teen stuck in the throes of defining herself based on what she is not rather than what she is allows plenty of room for Carly to muse, grow and change. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-47743-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2009




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