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One True Loves

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun novel about teen's last summer before college.

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This novel is a fun, emotionally accurate take on the uncertainty and anxiety that can accompany the transition from high school to college. In One True Loves, adolescent angst gets its due respect. Many teens share the problems Lenore faces: She has parents who are loving and supportive but very, very pushy. She's just learning to navigate a dating scene that's sometimes hurtful. And the future feels at turns exciting and scary. The one shortcoming is that some of the characters seem like caricatures. This is particularly true of the gifted 10-year-old, whose dialogue sometimes doesn't seem true to the life experience of any 10-year-old, regardless of IQ.

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