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Contents under pressure
Zeises, Lara M.
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Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
244 pages ; 19 cm
Lucy, a fourteen-year-old high school freshman, experiences the happiness and confusion of dating a popular older boy, changing relationships with life-long friends, and sharing a bedroom with her older brother's pregnant girlfriend.
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.4 7.0 78453.

Reading Counts RC High School 5 12 Quiz: 36375 Guided reading level: NR.

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A fresh, honest look at the difficult choices and unexpected joys in a girl's life under pressure. Lucy Doyle is about to explode. She's sure her name might as well be Loser because she's never, ever been kissed. To make matters worse, nearly all of her friends have left her behind for boys. Even Lucy's favorite brother doesn't seem to have time for her anymore. He's just moved home from college with a distant new attitude and a big-haired girlfriend Lucy can't stand. Freshman year is definitelynotoff to a good start. So when Lucy attracts the attention of Tobin Scacheri, the junior everyone wants to date, she can barely believe her luck. Tobin's cute and funny, and he might like Lucy as much as she likes him. But Lucy's brother has a secret that will turn her already mixed-up world completely upside down. Now, Lucy must figure out how far she's willing to take her relationship with Tobin--and how to deal with a brother who's not as perfect as she thought. From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. Lucy Doyle awakes one day and finds a strange young woman in the kitchen. Hannah turns out to be her brotherack's girlfriend, and her appearance is only one new piece in the shifting puzzle of Lucy's life. Like many teenage girls, Lucy stands on one side of a divide--girls who are serious about boys and those who aren't. When the book begins, it's Lucy and a friend at home polishing their nails. Then junior Tobin Schaeri comes into Lucy's life, and so do changes, including questions about how far to go in the romance department and about loyalties split between one's girlfriends and boyfriends. The questions become more complicated after Lucy learns Hannah is pregnant, andack is not stepping up the way he should. Zeises writes with a good mix of the substance and superficiality that characterize teenage life, and her audience will certainly recognize the characters, their voices, and the things that concern them. The story is occasionally uneven, but considering how many balls she has to juggle, Zeises manages to keep them in the air. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

PW said, "Zeises's novel takes a mature approach to many issues surrounding young people and sex, managing at the same time to be both light-handed and earnest." Ages 12-up. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-Freshman year isn't quite what Lucy Doyle expects. First, nearly all of her friends leave her behind when they discover boys. Then, the only boy that Lucy is interested in, her perfect older brother Jack, unexpectedly moves back home from college with his girlfriend in tow. Lucy can't stand Hannah, and Jack is mysteriously distant. Then she runs into junior Tobin Scacheri-literally-and is swept off her feet. As they start dating, she starts to wonder about sex and, surprisingly, it's Hannah who helps her sort out the scary issues of first boyfriends. Then Lucy finds out that Hannah is pregnant. When the perfect Jack becomes perfectly selfish in his reluctance to become a responsible parent, Lucy must face her disappointment, but unexpectedly finds love in Hannah and Tobin and the girlfriends she's determined not to leave behind. Zeises paints a convincing picture of a family facing tough decisions and a fully realistic heroine who's confused and scared. Even secondary characters have depth and add sparkle to an already absorbing plot. A winning family drama.-Linda Bindner, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.