From the author of the City Love trilogy.
It’s sophomore year, and Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, hopefully, her first real boyfriend. But after popular Derek asks her out, things get complicated. Not only do her parents unexpectedly separate, but Marisa has a fight with her best friend, and Derek—the love of her life—delivers a shocking disappointment. The only things keeping Marisa together are the podcasts from the anonymous DJ, who seems to totally understand Marisa. But she doesn’t know who he is . . . or maybe she does.
Though Marisa struggles with an anxiety disorder and depression, she starts the school year wanting "everyone at school to know I am not a freak anymore." Her life becomes more exciting when Derek, the popular boy she has a crush on, asks her out. But when Marisa begins suspecting Derek's relationship with his ex, her obsessive negative thinking returns. Colasanti (Take Me There) expertly handles the plot, keeping it ambiguous whether Derek is cheating on Marisa, or if he is being honest when he tells her, "You're accusing me of something I didn't do." The author also nicely contrasts Marisa's exciting but shallow relationship with Derek with her much deeper connection to nerdy Nash, to whom she opens up about her problems. There is no doubt who Marisa will eventually be with (and readers will easily ID the mysterious Dirty Dirk, a DJ who provides advice and hope to students via podcasts). Colasanti presents an authentic picture of how complicated it is to be a teenager, especially one in love. Ages 12 up.
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I absolutely love this book!! It was my first of her books, but definitely not my last* can't wait to read more :)
Love these books!!!
I love all of Susane Colasanti's books they are just so magical And true to life. They characterize what it is like to be a teenager and the struggles we have to go through. With parents, friends, boyfriends/people we like, money, and school. Everyday I just come home and read one of her books and relax. That is why I love these books so much and gave this one 5 stars
Don't buy it
To be honest, this book is horrendous. The author wrote it in an obnoxious voice and the story is pretty standard. Not worth the money.