Selling Points: Self-esteem, sexuality, body image
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2007
Fiction Ages 12+
My face is wet from the rain, but the water trickling across my lips tastes of salt, and I realize I am crying. I shift forward slightly and open my fingers on the reins, letting Keltie increase her pace as we disappear into the trees. The sodden leaves muffle the sound of her hooves. Out here in the woods, I feel safe.
Fifteen-year-old Sophie sees her move to Victoria as a chance to start over and leave her old self behind. She is soon drawn into the orbit of the charismatic but troubled Zelia. As their friendship develops, and Zelia's behavior becomes increasingly self-destructive, Sophie struggles to maintain both the friendship and her own sense of self. Then Sophie meets Max. At first, Max seems to be Zelia's opposite: direct, straightforward and sure of herself. But this new friendship brings its own unexpected challenges and confusion, and Sophie slowly starts to realize that friendships are a place in which one can both lose and discover oneself.
Jeunesse - June 1, 2010
"The novel takes an honest, gentle, non-judgmental look at the making of 'mean girls' and the devastating impact their bullying has on Sophie."
VOYA - December 1, 2007
"This story is about friendship and self-worth. It will be a good choice where issue-driven fiction is popular."
CM Magazine - December 1, 2007
"This novel is impossible to put down. Highly Recommended."
Booklist - December 1, 2007
"What sets this debut [novel] apart is the strong first-person narration and the full, rich development of even minor characters."
Resource Links - October 1, 2007
"Plenty of students, especially teenage girls would enjoy this novel."
OLA Best Bets, commended
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended
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