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Unfinished Portrait of Jessica

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Highly realistic adolescent confusion.

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The book requires some emotional maturity and thus may best please older, more experienced readers. It includes discussion of the art world, which intrigues some readers but bores others.

Conflicts with parents consume many teenagers, and blaming the parent who stays behind is all too common. Here Richard Peck examines a girl who blames her mother for her father's failings. When Jessica finally allows herself to see the truth about her father, she can see the truth about her mother and at last develop a loving relationship with her. While it all may seem too neat, it serves to make the point that we can blind ourselves to our own best interests.

Book Details

  • Author: Richard Peck
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publication date: January 1, 1991
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 162
  • Last updated: March 11, 2020

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