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The 25 Pains of Kennedy Baines (2006)

by Dede Crane

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Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Kennedy Baines feels like her life is just one big pain in the butt. Of course she has some ideas on why that is -- well, actually, twenty-five of them.

Like the fact that she goes along with her friends, which includes her boyfriend, when they feel like shoplifting, even though she knows they can afford to buy it for themselves.

Or how her mother finds it fit to give advice to her best friend in front of everyone on topics that mothers just shouldn't bring up.

And people who think they know it all, when in fact they really don't, which is just plain annoying. It doesn't help, though, when the know-it-all grows on her and turns out to be this really sweet person.

All these pains and so much more, like drugs and alcohol, affairs and cankles, are weighing her down, and even more just might be added when Colin, her mother's best friend's son, comes into town. Sure, he may be the hottest foreigner ever, but looks aren't everything. He might just be the biggest pain of all, especially since Kennedy already has a boyfriend.

Can she handle all of these pains and finally have an ending like the one in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE? Or will the pains just keep on growing?

Quirky, smart, and very easy to relate to, THE 25 PAINS OF KENNEDY BAINES is one novel that will make you laugh, yell, and keep on turning the pages. Out of the twenty-five pains, there is definitely some, maybe even all, that the reader will be able to recognize and relate to. This is one story that should not be overlooked. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 9, 2009 |
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Kennedy Baines, a 15-year-old living in Victoria BC, relates her romantic life to Pride and Prejudice, as she struggles with her first sexual experience, drinking/drugs, confidence and all the melodrama with her girlfriends and well as the fidelity within her own parents' relationship.… (more)

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