GIRL V. BOY by Yvonne Collins

GIRL V. BOY

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When offered a chance to write an anonymous column for the school paper chronicling Dunfield High’s efforts in Chicago’s citywide literacy challenge, 16-year-old Luisa Perez jumps at the chance. She hopes to distance herself from her family’s legacy of academic underachievement as well as to differentiate herself from the ten other Luisa Perezes in the school. The competition between the girls and boys heats up, as each group tries to outdo the other in fundraising. Luisa offers the girls’ perspective for the paper, while another writer provides the male point of view. As if juggling her writing, a part-time job, school and a sudden rush of possible F.B.s (future boyfriends) were not hard enough, Luisa has to contend with her sister, Grace, who moves back home with her young daughter. Readers will dope out the identity of the boy writer long before he is revealed in the narrative, but a strong voice and quirky characters keep the plot moving despite the absence of dramatic tension. Smart dialogue and realistic scenes add to the story’s appeal. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: July 8th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0157-4
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2008




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