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Staggered by the loss of his girlfriend Janet, fifteen-year-old T.J. starts a service club, The Radical Wave, to attract school outsiders, provide community involvement, and win Janet back
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Gossamer-thin suburban comedy, set in idyllic southern California, about a teenager who can't decide whether to stay with his true friends or join the in-crowd. T.J. Durant is smarting: after three glorious months, luscious, well-connected classmate Janet Brooks has dropped him for student body Pres David Whitworth, ``a guy whose hair has never needed combing.'' Vivian ``Take No Prisoners'' Chandler, a friend since grade school, firmly snags him on the rebound, but when T.J. founds a school club and appears on the evening news after a successful fund-raiser, Janet comes trotting back. Jealous David tries to sabotage the club, but his plots backfire ludicrously. The author sends his cast of beautiful, familiar types flitting from party to party, porking out on ice cream and triple-thick pizzas as they do good, snap out one-liners, and work on their love lives. No surprises in this first novel (except that the hardcover's tidy trim size is the same as the paperback's), but sunny and readable, with a dash of social concern and funny repartee. (Fiction. 11-15) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Gr. 6-8. In this appealing novel, McCants combines teen romance, humor, and the ins and outs of high-school politics with a generous sprinkling of Valley talk and Southern California local color. Fifteen-year-old T. J. Durant is heartbroken when his summer love, Janet, dumps him for the senior student-body president. In hopes of recapturing her affections, T. J. starts a school service club for outsiders called the Radical Wave. The group is successful beyond his wildest dreams, but his new girlfriend, Janet's jealous boyfriend, and renewed attention from Janet greatly complicate his life. McCants' believable descriptions of the various social groups (the in-clique and surfers, especially) and convincing dialogue between students and faculty ("This isn't America, young man, this is a high school") are the highlights in a story that offers a sound, yet gently delivered message. Readers are sure to cheer as T. J. finally realizes that Janet's shallow conformity is not all it's cracked up to be. Kay Weisman
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Book Description Browndeer Pr, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110152766057
Book Description Browndeer Pr, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0152766057