Spending the summer with her grandmother while her parents try to sort out their troubled marriage, seventeen-year-old Ginnie grapples with unexpected romance, curiosity about sex, and the problems of growing up.
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Gr. 10-12. Ginnie has plans for the summer after her junior year. Her parents do, too. Hers involve Denny and his motorcycle. Theirs require her to spend the summer in Pittsburgh with her grandmother while they re-evaluate their relationship. Denny dumps her. Her parents decide to separate. Ginnie rebels by having a brief fling with the wrong crowd, which, she discovers, hurts her and her grandmother, whom she has come to love and respect, more than it hurts her parents. As she grapples with her bitterness and fear about the situation at home, Ginnie matures into a caring young woman who learns that simply giving people a chance can result in some very special rewards. This well-crafted first-person narrative provides a fascinating look at a complex yet believable character; Ginnie makes some good decisions, from which she reaps the benefits, and some bad ones, for which she pays the price. Barrett's lessons of tolerance and responsibility, which have a definite impact, are masterfully brushed around the edges of an uplifting summer romance. A thoughtful andÿ20enjoyable read for both boys and girls. While there is no consummated love scene, the petting is pretty steamy for younger readers. Jeanne TrinerFrom Publishers Weekly:
Debut novelist Barrett breathes fresh life into the YA "sitprob" with this sparkling first-person story of a rebellious 17-year-old who spends a summer with her prim and proper grandmother. Ginnie is sure that the real reason she's being packed off to Pittsburgh is not so her parents can "get back in touch with each other," as her mother says, but to keep her from her motorcycle-riding boyfriend, Denny. Determined to act as "bad" as possible, Ginnie smokes and falls in with some girls who are shoplifting at the corner drugstore; reluctantly, she also hangs out with Kris, the "nice boy" across the street. But acting tough loses its luster when, in reaction to the news that her parents are separating, she accepts a ride with some hoods and nearly gets raped. There is much lyricism and wit in Barrett's punchy prose, and she shines at describing Ginnie's delight and terror in discovering (and reining in) her sexual feelings as she and Kris fumble into love. Her heroine's transformation from isolated, self-centered child into integrated, empathic young woman makes for an absorbing read. Ages 12-up.
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0060244658