Juvenile Barbara Wersba Wonderful Me

ISBN 13: 9780060263621

Wonderful Me

 
9780060263621: Wonderful Me

Sixteen-year-old Heidi, a lonely child of divorced parents and a confirmed dog-lover, becomes entranced by a young man until she realizes that, for now, she must have her independence.

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 8-10-- Heidi Rosenbloom, 16, is a loner and a disappointment to her divorced parents. However, she is the object of her English teacher's adoration. Lionel Moss is 23, very handsome like his idol, poet Rupert Brooke, and, at least at first, very boring--so boring that Heidi determines from the start that this will be a short-lived relationship. Gradually, though, she is won over by his romanticism, kindness, and esteem. She intends to lose her virginity to him, but romantic Lionel is saving himself for marriage--to Heidi. It's all too good to be true, however; for when Lionel's famous author aunt meets Heidi, she reveals that Lionel really believes he is Rupert Brooke. When Lionel comes face to face with his aunt and regresses into her little Lion, it's obvious that the man is mentally ill, the tragic victim of an abnormal upbringing. As always, Werbsba writes compellingly about people with problems. El Creepo, the doctor Heidi's mother is dating, provides comic relief; Lionel is a truly memorable romantic; and Heidi is an honest individual who will engage teenagers looking for their own identities. Some of the situations are a little unbelievable, but the book is sure to have a wide readership. --Susan F. Marcus, Pollard Middle School, Needham, Mass.
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From Publishers Weekly:

Heidi Rosenbloom of Just Be Gorgeous is back, but her romantic batting average is still zero. After recovering from her unrequited love for a homosexual man in that book, Heidi now must avoid the chaste but persistent attentions of her English teacher. Mr. Moss begins to woo Heidi with poetic, anonymous notes, until she recognized his handwriting (which she had seen, of course, on her corrected papers in class). By the time Heidi falls for this romantic soul (so handsome that Heidi has trouble believing he really loves her), Mr. Moss's sadistic aunt appears on the scene and cows him into psychotic behavior. It's a shocking ending, and readers will hope that this most likable of heroines will have a chancesomedayto soar the way she was meant to. The range of emotions Heidi experiences and expresses are beautifully played; not only does she learn to make out properly, she also begins to believe that perhaps she is wonderful, after all. A Charlotte Zolotow Book. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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