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Vowing to hate the girl who came between him and his lifelong best friend, Boog spends an entire summer brooding about Carey and is unable to ignore Theo's insistence that Boog forgive her. Reprint.
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Grade 7-10?Friendship, commitment, loyalty, and loss make up the combined theme of this novel. The plot revolves around a blues band created by best friends Boog and Theo. When intriguing, unusual Carey "?" Harrigan enters their world, things change forever. The question-mark middle name is a rather contrived symbol of her character: Carey is mysterious from the start. As Theo falls for her and includes her in their musical life, Boog controls his feelings of betrayal and annoyance. Carey is a talented writer and composes some lyrics for the band to perform, but her low self-esteem makes her extremely vulnerable. She lies about her background until they discover that her father is an alcoholic, and eventually reveals that her mother died when she was young. Readers know from the outset that something bad is going to happen, and it does?Theo dies, and Boog struggles with wanting to blame Carey for his death. Though many questions about Carey remain unanswered, her sensitivity and compassionate nature are clear. Boog, a fairly well-developed character, tells the story candidly and draws readers in. Through his eyes, they get to know the other players, but sometimes the picture is incomplete, and some characters are two-dimensional. Though LeMieux's foreshadowing is occasionally too obvious, this is a good read that, in part, suggests that young people who have a focus can deal with unexpected tragedy.?Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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Gr. 7^-10. Best friends Boog and Theo, founders of a white boys' blues band, find their friendship on shaky ground when Theo falls in love with Carey, a talented but troubled transfer student. Singled out and scapegoated by a popular girl whom Theo has rejected, Carey responds to difficult social situations--and life in general--by running away. Familiar romantic themes dominate the story, many of them echoes of popular music lyrics--for example, rich boy falls for girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and a variation on the "teen angel" boy-dies-in-a-car-accident. But LeMieux keeps the story in the realistic YA problem-novel genre by making Carey and her father alcoholics; Theo is destroyed as he becomes increasingly and willingly trapped in their web of problems, forever trying to rescue Carey. LeMieux writes well, evoking some favorite teen fantasies in a believable first-person male voice. Although the plot isn't particularly original, the characters are appealing, and young people of both sexes will find it enjoyable Merri Monks
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Book Description Flare, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0380723999