Barbara Wersba Beautiful Losers

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Beautiful Losers

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Eighteen-year-old Rita, an overweight writer living in a Long Island town, is caught between love for her parents and love for Arnold, a man twice her age.

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Grade 8-12 A happy but realistic ending to the love story of Rita Formica and Arnold Bromberg that began in Fat: a Love Story and continued in Love Is the Crooked Thing (both Harper, 1987). Defying her parents, Rita moves with Arnold into a shabby one-room beach shack with no heat or bathtub. While Arnold writes his book, walks on the beach, and begins photographing the sea birds, Rita takes a second part-time job with a children's author (a portrait that unmercifully skewers a whole type of children's author) and does all of the shopping and errands. When she finally explodes, Arnold, both hurt and sur prised, suggests that she return to her parents for a trial separation. After sev eral weeks in the comfort of her par ents' home, she begins to realize that while Arnold will never support her, it is his ability to live fully for the moment that makes him so special. Wersba real istically portrays the conflicts between conventional society and unusual lov ers. It is only when Rita rejects conven tional beliefs that she is able to recon cile the conflicts between her parents' love and Arnold's and help them accept each other. While this sequel can stand on its own, it will be in most demand in those libraries which have the earlier books in the series. Eleanor K. Mac Donald, Palos Verdes Library District, Calif.
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With integrity and heartbreaking honesty, Wersba relates the third and most joyous of the Rita Formica trilogy, which began with Fat: A Love Story and continued with Love Is the Crooked Thing. Rita and Arnold are not only reunited but living together in a hovel of a home. Arnold, poetic and pure as ever (and maddening in his unflappability) finds beauty in a leaky faucet, but Rita sees nothing lovely about riding through snow on a bike to her jobs, just to make ends meet. A rift ensues: will Rita learn to view the world as her parents do and leave her man behind? The ending is very happy and very reallife is not perfect but Rita and Arnold together can meet all imperfections in their primrose path head-on. Breathless with the pace of the narrative, readers will put this one down with a deeply satisfied sigh; Wersba has humorously melded the realistic with the romantic. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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