J.D. Landis Looks Aren't Everything

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Looks Aren't Everything

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Rosie suspends her heavy dating schedule to pursue her best friend's older brother and coach her inexperienced mother and best friend in the fine art of dating

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Grade 7-9--Sixteen-year-old Rosie is date crazy. As an only child whose parents have been divorced for four years, she tries to cure her loneliness by accepting any and all dates. Not only is she insuf ferably conceited about her own good looks and is as superficial about boys' looks, but she is actually proud of being vain and shallow. For Rosie, the Plain view Mall is the whole world. She has a crush on her best friend Jeannie's brother, Handsome Harry, and indeed they deserve each other. Jeannie falls for Spud, a fully costumed employee at the Potato Man whose face she never sees. While Jeannie tries to show Rosie that looks aren't everything, the insipid Rosie doesn't grow a bit in the story's development and fittingly ends up with Harry. While the descriptions of the mall are humorous and even somewhat futuristic (a dance hall, Club Mall, that holds 10,000 teens, for example), the characterizations are so exaggerated, Rosie is so obnoxious, and the theme is so trite as to render the book as superfi cial as Rosie herself.
-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Giddy 16-year-old Rosie's universe revolves around one thing only: boys. It doesn't matter what they look like, as long as they're cute and they like her enough to ask her for a date. One date, however, is all that interests Rosie, who confides all her boy problems to best friend Jeanie Higgins (her older brother is Handsome Harry, the most gorgeous guy in town). Rosie suddenly discovers that she's in love with Harry, but he ignores her. Much to Rosie's astonishment, Jeanie, who had always expressed no interest in boys, falls in love with "Spud," who always wears a potato suit, while Rosie's divorced mom also becomes romantically involved. Though Rosie is temporarily dejected and dateless, a happy ending is provided for all concerned. The book's breezy style is engaging at first, but soon wears thin, applied to material better suited to a short story. Despite occasional flashes of brilliance (the description of teen boys' kisses is hilariously, achingly perceptive), Landis's latest is not as engaging as The Band Never Dances . Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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