INCONVENIENT by Margie Gelbwasser

INCONVENIENT

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Fifteen-year-old Alyssa, the daughter of Russian Jews who came to America when she was four, lives in suburban New Jersey, where on the surface everything is smooth. But behind closed doors, Alyssa’s mother, who has multiple traits that never quite form a cohesive personality, is drinking and drinking and can’t seem to stop. Alyssa’s overworked engineer father views his daughter’s problems, such as being late for school because her mother is too hungover to drive, as mere inconveniences. How Alyssa comes to terms with her mother’s drinking is the crux of the novel, and to her credit, Gelbwasser doesn’t make it simple or take the easy way out. Unfortunately, she clutters up this realistic, heartfelt story with ideas and subplots that fail to engage—e.g., one in which Alyssa’s best friend tries to lose her Russian identity in order to join the cool clique seems oddly ancillary. However, the other important thread, Alyssa’s growing attraction to fellow runner Keith, is stronger and better integrated, though readers will guess its strongly telegraphed surprise. (Fiction. YA)

 

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7387-2148-4
Page count: 318pp
Publisher: Flux
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2010




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