JERSEY TOMATOES ARE THE BEST by Maria Padian

JERSEY TOMATOES ARE THE BEST

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

The worlds of ballet and tennis provide an intriguing background for this story about two gifted best friends. Eva’s talent for ballet and Henry’s (“don’t call her Henriette”) success in tennis, combined with the parental pressure they endure, provide a tight connection. Each is about to have an experience that could move them closer to their dreams. Eva survives a tough audition for a prestigious ballet program, while Henry settles into a Florida tennis academy known for turning out winners. Despite making a good impression, though, Eva struggles with confidence and self-image. Henry, however, not only makes friends but also begins a romance with the academy’s star. When Eva sustains an injury, her tenuous hold slips and serious problems are revealed. Henry is ready to go to her friend even if it means sacrificing her position at the academy. Told in the distinctive voices of the two main characters, this is a compelling look at similarities between the high-pressure worlds of arts and sports for young people involved at a high level. While there is nothing new about teens struggling with self-image, the interesting protagonists, details from both worlds and the well-drawn, flawed adult characters make this a worthwhile read. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: March 8th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-375-86579-4
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2011




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