Ellie's starting ninth grade and she's got some very definite goals. She'll stay best friends with Magda and Nadine. She'll go on a diet and stick to it. She'll get a glamorous hairstyle.
Gr 6-9-Ellie begins ninth grade with a detention for being late for English class. It's bad enough that one of her best friends has an older boyfriend and that the other one is supremely confident, but to start the school year off on such a sour note adds insult to injury. Feeling desperate and fat in comparison to her willowy pals, she transforms an unrequited crush that a younger, geeky guy has on her into a story of a sweeping romance with a gorgeous 15-year-old who lives far away. Ellie's story gets a little out of hand until Dan, who shows up at a party in London where she lives, of course turns out to be nicer, funnier, and more heroic than she had anticipated. Instead of viewing him as an object of derision, she finds herself appreciating his better qualities and realizing that it's what's inside a person that really matters. This British version of a formulaic teen romance has all the stock characters but will appeal to readers who enjoy the familiar and can empathize with Ellie's insecurities and the trials of ninth grade. Colloquialisms add a bit of authenticity to the novel. Wilson inserts lists of "nines" between chapters, such as "nine wishes," "nine things I hate about school," "nine unexpected odd facts," etc., which carry on the theme of ninth grade.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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Delacorte Books for Young Readers
December 31, 1996
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