DARE TRUTH OR PROMISE by Paula Boock

DARE TRUTH OR PROMISE

Age Range: 13 - 15

KIRKUS REVIEW

The course of true love hits the rapids again in this steamy, brilliant, girl-meets-girl romance from New Zealander Boock. The first time Louie makes eye contact with Willa, back in the kitchen of Dunedin’s Burger Giant, she feels as if she’s been struck by lightning. So does Willa, but for her the feeling is familiar; she is still on the rebound from a first love affair that came to an abrupt and ugly end. Strong and weak in complementary ways, the two are plainly made for each other, and quickly become inseparable. Then Louie’s mother catches them in bed, and furiously marches Louie off to Bali for three weeks. Louie returns a wreck, borderline anorexic, frozen into feverish immobility by her inner conflicts, while Willa, unwilling to hurt and be hurt again, deliberately distances herself. There is plenty of soul-searching here, and a river of tears, but no glib answers; Boock evokes the intensity of teenage love with tender, sometimes humorous precision. In the end, tolerance and wise counsel come from surprising directions in the supporting cast; fans of melodramatic climaxes will be fully satisfied as the author brings her heroines safely through to both personal and familial reconciliations. Challenging waters, skillfully navigated. (Fiction. 13-15)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-395-97117-9
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1999




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