MY DESPERATE LOVE DIARY by Liz Rettig

MY DESPERATE LOVE DIARY

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In what may be the most blatant Bridget Jones’s Diary clone yet, Rettig differentiates her tale only by making the characters about 15 years younger than those in Bridget Jones. Many plot points and individuals’ characteristics are identical to the popular adult book. Narrator Kelly Ann desperately loves bad boy G, a young cad on the make, yet is oblivious to the fact that decent Chris has had feelings for her for ages. She has several friends who help her along in her quest to become G’s girlfriend, all the while making cryptic remarks about how clueless she is about the two boys in her life. Kelly Ann’s parents split up when the mother runs off with a boy toy, leaving her father to drown his sorrows at the pub. All of this is completely familiar. Luckily, Rettig has a good sense of humor and pacing and Kelly Ann is all too recognizable in her teenage self-absorption and lack of awareness concerning the people around her. There are some laugh-aloud moments, and this will likely be popular with teen girls looking for a bit of romance, fun and self-mockery. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: June 15th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2033-9
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2007




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