Saturday, February 7, 2009

Just Another Girl by Melody Carlson

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080073257X
ISBN-13: 978-0800732578

Product Description From Amazon:
Aster Flynn is stuck. She has to spend all of her "free" time with her younger sister, Lily, who, though fifteen, is mentally handicapped. At age seventeen, Aster should be hanging out with friends, dating boys, and working at a fun job. But her dad's MIA, her mom is always at work, and her older sister Rose is too self-centered to give her any help. It's not that Aster doesn't love Lily--it's just that for once she'd like to be able to be a normal teenager. So when a cute popular guy seems to take an interest in her, Aster hatches a plan. Somehow she has to get her workaholic mom and deadbeat dad to be the parents Lily needs so that Aster can have a life of her own. But can she ever get her parents to start acting like adults? Is this new guy worth the trouble? And, most importantly, will Lily get hurt in the process? With its real-life characters and struggles, Just Another Girl will immediately draw teen girls in. Author Melody Carlson knows how to write to girls just where they are.
My Review:
I really liked this book. It was a quick read and I kinda wished it were a little longer. I am hoping for a book two but what's there is great! At the beginning of the book Aster is give out. She is the full caregiver while going to school for her mentally retarted sister Lily who is a teenager and outweighs her. Aster has not really had a normal life. She needs a break. The author does a good job on making the characters come alive. I read this in one sitting. It captivated me from beginning to end. I highly recommend it for teens and adults. :)


Anonymous said...

I just received this book a couple of days ago - can't wait to read it. I think the girl on the cover looks like a young Reese Witherspoon.

Shelley said...

My daughter loves Melody Carlson--we'll have to look for this one.

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