FIFTEEN LOVE by Robert Corbet


Age Range: 12 & up
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If love in tennis is a zero score, what is it in real life? As Will Holland’s Encyclopedia of Tennis tells him, “You can learn a lot from the way people move.” And that is what Corbet’s comedy of teenage manners is all about: paying attention to each other’s moves, wondering what the other is thinking, and, finally, learning to respect the other’s game. Will and Mia Foley, in alternating turns, like tennis players on a court, wonder about each other, tell their own stories of friends, families, fortunes, and misfortunes, and gradually find each other. Depth is added to a light story by action apart from the game: Will’s struggles in tournaments, Mia’s struggles with her viola, Will’s brother Dave, paralyzed in a diving accident years before, and Mia’s uneasy relationship with Vanessa and Renata, her popular friends. Despite discussions of bra sizes, toe-sucking, and a seventh-grade girl who wants Will to autograph her underwear after he wins the state championship, this is a light, well-intentioned outing with nothing too rude and lots of good humor. Though the characters’ voices are sometimes as flat as Mia feels, good use is made of dialogue, imaginary conversations, Will’s to-do lists, and viola jokes left on Mia’s locker. Eventually, Will and Mia play a good match, are a good match, and meet at the net. Fans of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson series will find familiar turf here. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: March 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-8027-8851-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2003