Joe Cardillo Pulse

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When the local planning board announces its intentions to surrender the town's last remaining wilderness area to a shopping mall developer, a young high-school couple forms an environmental group that brings them up against corrupt town politics.

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In a refreshing twist on the classic teenage love story, Joe Cardillo writes about tender, romantic love--from the guy's perspective! Seniors in high school, Jason and his girlfriend Kris organize a movement to save their town's last open wilderness from a mall development. Uncovering government corruption and spearheading a growing group of teenage activists present new challenges for the couple. They struggle to find new ways to care for each other while the world around them ignites. The author's interest in music and his stream-of-consciousness style of writing will appeal to reluctant readers, too.

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A sludgy, overwritten tale of young lovers coming to grief after they protest a proposed mall near their upstate New York town. When Kris and Jason learn of plans to plow down Pinehaven, the closest thing to wilderness near their town, they form a group dubbed Pulse to fight the proposal. Despite the opposition of the school principal--who has political ambitions tied to the development--Pulse attracts many ardent activists and stages a tense but nonviolent demonstration. The planning board nonetheless approves the mall, and Jason and Kris head for the Adirondacks to regroup; Don Lopus, a cartoonish villain, follows them and torches their tent. Kris burns to death before Jason's eyes. These events are related in mawkish prose marked by trite conversations, tedious details, and somewhat purple passages: ``Kris gently blew out her laughter in a long, warm stream that flowed through my sweatshirt like the thin breath of a thousand bees after they'd finished eating honey. My whole body sweetened. . . .'' Heavy foreshadowing leaves the tragic climax unsurprising, and between extraneous characters and sketchy subplots, the book concludes almost before it is underway. Pinehaven is saved by the fortuitous discovery of a burial site; Lopus, Pulse, and the corrupt politicians drop abruptly from the story. Readers with an appreciation for long professions of teenage love may like this, but the superficial treatment of environmental and empowerment issues, plus the unresolved plot elements, won't win many hearts. (Fiction. 12-15) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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