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Love and Other Four-Letter Words (Laurel-Leaf Books) (2000)

by Carolyn Mackler

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Good YA book. ( )
  welkeral | Mar 20, 2016 |
A first romance with little originality to recommend it ( )
  rin.wilson | Apr 20, 2013 |
This young adult novel, by the prolific Carolyn Mackler, chronicles Samantha Davis' move to New York City after her parents separate. Before the separation, Sammy lived in upstate New York with her professor dad and former-artist mom, and hung out with her gorgeous best friend Kitty. Kitty gladly reports details of her burgeoning sexual exploits to Samantha, to Sammy's dismay. Post-move, Sammy is splitting a Manhattan apartment with her mom, who is severely depressed due to the divorce and discovers moving back to NYC doesn't necessary make her "artist's block" disappear. Samantha finds herself responsible for avoiding parking tickets, paying bills, and getting groceries, while avoiding her father's phone calls. While taking care of the dog, Samantha befriends Phoebe, and realizes perhaps Kitty wasn't the best "friend" a girl should have. The major changes in her life cause Samantha to realize she's growing up, and deals with friendship, her parents, and romantic relationships. The humor of this novel, paired with frequent pop-culture references, and realistic adolescent worries make this another great addition to the Carolyn Mackler line of Young Adult novels. ( )
  pacifickle | Oct 14, 2006 |
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Let's say someone had waltzed up to me six months ago and asked for my definition of love.
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Until this summer, the biggest problems 16-year-old Samantha Davis faced were her embarrassingly large breasts, (nicknamed "the Grand Tetons after those mountains in Wyoming,") and the fact that her gorgeous best friend, Kitty, always made her feel like a Plain Jane: "It sounds awful, but if you saw a Jaguar and a Ford Taurus parked next to each other, which one would you want to drive?" But now Sammie's parents are splitting, and suddenly she is being assaulted by changes from every direction. She is forced to move from upstate New York to Manhattan, play nursemaid to her depressed mother, and suffer the utter boredom of not knowing anyone in a city of 8 million. But then she meets Eli, the cute "crunchy granola" son of her mom's friend, and Phoebe, the quirky girl in Central Park who categorizes people by the dog breed they resemble. Exposure to the urban scene, new friendships, and a developing sense of self cause Sammie to realize "that along with love comes other four-letter words. Like hate, obviously.... And gain. And most important, grow."

Like other recently published first novelists Lori Aurelia Williams (When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune) and Cat Bauer, (Harley: Like a Person), Carolyn Mackler convincingly captures all the drama, longing, and humor of 21st-century female adolescence. Fresh, funny, and completely irreverent, Love and Other Four-Letter Words is destined to find a place in the hearts of teenaged girls. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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When she and her mother move to an apartment in New York City after her parents decide on a trial separation, sixteen-year-old Sammie learns to deal with her mother's fragile mental state, her best friend's self-centeredness, several new friendships, and her own budding sexuality.… (more)

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