Emotionally devastated by her parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old Carole is grateful for the friendship of the self-confident, imaginative, and popular Marty but finds herself in a terrible dilemma when Marty suggest a logical solution to their individual problems.Carole Palermo must overcome her own problems and feelings of isolation to help her flamboyant best friend, Marty Land--as well as herself--conquer self-destructive tendencies
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Grade 8-10 In this first-person problem novel about teenage suicide, Morris concentrates more on bibliotheraphy than on constructing a concrete story. Neither effort is successful. Carole, the narrator, still aches over her parents' divorce three years ago. To cope with the pain she withdraws and feels alive only with her wild friend, Marty. But Marty, self-centered and impulsive, will do just about anything for atten tion. When Carole's emotional turmoil comes to a fever pitch, she turns to Marty for comfort and the usual wild escape. Marty insists that the only way out of their problems is the ultimate es cape, suicide. Carole is forced to face her own feelings of loneliness and pain and in so doing, she discovers a hidden desire to live. In the end both Marty and Carole embrace life and move toward independence. While Morris' intentions are good, her characters are prototypes and not fully realized as people. They remain flat on the page. The plot is contrived to make the didac tic point, and several scenes seem unre alistic. For a thought-provoking and discussion-starting novel on teen sui cide, see Richard Peck's Remembering the Good Times (Delacorte, 1985). For sensitive and realistic stories dealing with the feelings and experiences of teenagers when their parents are sepa rating or divorcing, see Paula Dan ziger's The Divorce Express (Dela corte, 1982) or Judy Blume's As Long As We're Together (Orchard, 1987). Susan Fichtelberg, Woodbridge Pub . Lib . , N . J .
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