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Lowry, Brigid: Things You Either Hate or Love.

Lowry, Brigid THINGS YOU EITHER HATE OR LOVE. ISBN 0-8234-2004-3. New York: Holiday House, 2005. 179 pp. $16.95. This story offers insight into the inner thoughts, dreams, anxieties, and challenges of a wonderfully silly adolescent girl. Georgia Reeves is a funny, creative, pudgy, wild-haired, 15-year-old girl who loves to make lists of everything imaginable. She struggles with insecurities about her weight, her hair, her clothes, her friends, boys, first jobs, school, her mother, and the loss of her father. She overcomes her uncertainties, shared in a self-deprecating inner monologue, to try her hand at a series of after-school jobs. Along the way, Georgia suffers the ups and downs of relationships and discovers that everyone struggles to overcome weaknesses. She learns to focus her energy on her strengths and accept her unusual, talented, quirky self. An interesting note for American audiences: the book is set in Australia and begins during Christmas time, which is the summer season. Also, the language is a little different than American English. Ages 14 and up. Reviewed by Mary Partridge, Indiana, PA
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Author:Partridge, Mary
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Date:Dec 22, 2006
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