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Out of the Shadows

Hines, Sue

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ISBN 10: 0704349752 / ISBN 13: 9780704349759
Published by The Women's Press Ltd, 2001
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Title: Out of the Shadows

Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd

Publication Date: 2001

Book Condition:Good

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After her mother's sudden death, Ro now lives with her mother's partner Deb. Ro is convinced that her family is unlike anyone else's and is determined that no one at her new school will get close enough to find out. Then Jodie arrives, with a secret of her own. The two girls are drawn together, but when Jodie's feelings for Ro start to tip into something different, the rules of friendship are stretched to the limit.

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Set at a high school in contemporary Australia, this young adult novel is a love triangle with several twists. Nearly 16 years old, Rowanna is a nice kid with a tough (and secret) background. When we meet her, she's still coming to terms with several facts: that her mother was gay, that her mother was killed by a drunk driver, and that she now lives with her mother's partner--a woman it's taken her years to stop hating. At school she's best buddies with Mark, the school hunk (whose secret is that he gets beaten up by his father). Mark falls for the new kid, gorgeous Jodie, who could have any guy in the school. Jodie seems to like Mark well enough; but her secret is... well, she has fallen in love with Rowanna. Throw in Jodie's adorable brother, plus the razor-nailed Selina, and you have the elements of a truly Shakespearean plot. Although author Sue Hines writes in alternating sections from alternating points of view, her own voice comes through too strongly, especially at the preachy "everyone's just fine the way they are" ending. Nonetheless, this is a well-constructed, engaging story and a good book to put into the hands of any teen confused about love, life, and sexual orientation (their own or anyone else's). --Richard Farr

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