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Title:
The things you kiss goodbye
Author:
Connor, Leslie.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
358 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when star basketball player Brady Cullen convinces her strict father to let them date. That summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady and the freedom that comes along with him. But when school starts up again, Brady unexpectedly changes for the worse. Unable to give up on her first love just yet, she finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship. Then she meets "Cowboy", a smoldering older guy and the last guy her father would approve. Yet he is everything Brady is not -- gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina. When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth -- and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 4.1

Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.1 11.0 168125.
ISBN:
9780060890919
Format :
Book

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Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this heartbreaking story about family, loss, and the joys and disappointments of first love.

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when star basketball player Brady Cullen convinces her strict father to let them date. That summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady and the freedom that comes along with him. But when school starts up again, Brady unexpectedly changes for the worse. Unable to give up on her first love just yet, she finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship.

Then she meets "Cowboy," a smoldering older guy and the last guy her father would approve. Yet he is everything Brady is not--gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina. When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth--and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.


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Booklist Review

It's not easy being Greek, as 16-year-old Bettina can attest. Her Bampas and Momma insist that she return directly home after school, and she can forget about going out at night. Then she meets Brady Cullen, a handsome basketball player who seems smitten by her. Bampas approves, so Bettina is allowed out in Brady's company. But to her dismay, Brady begins hurting her, inflicting scrapes, bruises, and worse. As he gets meaner, Bettina is increasingly drawn to a kind-hearted older man (think midtwenties) whom she nicknames Cowboy. Still, she won't break up with Brady, using the stand by your man rationale that holds so many women in abusive relationships. This is what Bettina has learned herself in her traditional family, where peace depends on acquiescence to Bampas' rules. With compassion and respect, author Connor explores the ways in which loving relationships can get twisted into cycles of misery. Be ready with the hankies; this one is a real tearjerker.--Colson, Diane Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Having led a sheltered life, sophomore Bettina Vasilis is surprised when her strict Greek-American father allows her to date basketball star Brady. Brady is sweet and attentive, at first, "what anyone would call a good boyfriend," but his dark side soon emerges. After a disturbing incident with Brady, Bettina almost literally falls into the arms of a handsome mechanic she nicknames Cowboy, who works near her school. During the weeks that follow, his garage becomes her refuge, and he becomes her confidante as she sorts out her uncertainties and nurses very real bruises. First-person narration brimming with emotion traces how Bettina and Cowboy's friendship evolves, although both of them know her father (not to mention the law) wouldn't condone a romantic relationship. Beautifully capturing the intensity of first love, Connor (Waiting for Normal) draws readers into a world filled with Greek culture and punctuated by upsetting moments of abuse. Readers will be unprepared for the book's shocking climax, which changes Bettina's life forever and brings her closer to her family as she discovers who she is and what she wants. Ages 14-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-After 15-year-old Bettina Vasilis's best and only friend moves away, she is left socially stranded in the home of her traditional Greek family. Suddenly her life as the thrift shop-raiding, bad girl "dancerina" comes to an end. Lonely and unoccupied, Bettina's sophomore year ends with the unlikely attention of the up-and-coming basketball star, Brady Cullen. Even more surprising is the acceptance of this new relationship by her strict father, Bampas, who allows her to date and grow closer to Brady throughout the summer. The teen rarely questions why their summer dates only include the two of them or why Brady encourages her unlikely application to the cheerleading squad, but as their junior year begins, she develops an awareness of Brady's new social standing as the school's star athlete. Soon Bettina begins to question her changing relationship. Then she meets "Cowboy", an older auto mechanic who challenges her to focus more on the things important to her, like her art. What begins as a chance friendship turns into something more, despite the taboo age difference. This novel is compulsively readable. The characters are well developed, the plot is compelling, and the ending plausible and satisfying. Bettina's Greek family is a welcome dimension to the complicated love triangle. An enjoyable addition to YA chick lit.-Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.