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Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

So-so sequel with teen pregnancy, mean girl, and a gay ex.

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Belle's problems, even the more subtle ones, may intrigue readers. How do you support a pregnant friend? Why doesn't her dreamy boyfriend seem to want to have sex with her? Why does she always try to explain everything that everybody does? Is she secretly very selfish? The problem here is the same as in Jones' first installment: In the middle of her intriguing plot and striking writing, she dumps all the quirky small-town characters. For starters, there's Belle's duct tape-obsessed boyfriend, and her best friend who takes photos constantly so she won't forget anyone. These contrived characters deplete any connection that readers might feel for Belle or the people she cares about. Fans of the first installment might find enough to like here. Everyone else might as well skip this volume -- and hope that Jones moves on to another town for her next writing adventure.

Book Details

  • Author: Carrie Jones
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Flux
  • Publication date: March 1, 2008
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Last updated: September 16, 2015

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