KEEPING CHRISTINA by Sue Ellen Bridgers


Age Range: 12 - 16
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 We've all met them--the manipulators who contrive to turn families and friends against one another. Christina is new in school; impetuously, Annie takes her under her wing when the waifish girl claims she must turn down her lead in Kiss Me Kate because she has no ride home after rehearsals. At first, ``keeping Christina'' after school excites Annie; but as the girl insinuates herself into the family and drives a wedge between Annie and her best and oldest friends--hawk-flying Peter and effervescent Jill--the thrill becomes a bitter pill that Annie nearly chokes on. Bridgers imbues Christina with a complicated persona; wisely, she never brings her entirely into focus, nor does she spell out the motivation behind her behavior, presenting the story from the perspective of her progressively disillusioned friend; in the end, Annie must simply go on with her life. Though the language here rarely sparkles and the pace bogs down at times, Bridgers's accessible story will have real validity for those who've been used by Christina and her kind. (Fiction. 12- 16)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-021504-6
Page count: 282pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993