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Hundred Percent

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Honest, heartrending look at tween friendships, identity.

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Rather than mining puberty for easy, awkward laughs, this introspective novel explores the shifting emotional terrain, from thrilling new highs to plunging depths of self-doubt and uncertainty. In Hundred Percent, Karen Romano Young sensitively portrays the way so many tweens run, stumble, and drag their feet toward adulthood, trying on new personas (and new friends) as they go. Young has keen insight into the confusion of this age, when some kids appear to be growing up so fast while others seem immature -- "the ready and the unready."

The story is distractingly adrift in time: While kids listen to music on iPods, the cultural references -- the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, MAD magazine, Pat Sajak, the Mouseketeers, vinyl records, some of the fashion -- are completely out of place. But Young's understanding of what it's like to endure the crucible of puberty is timeless.

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