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Picture Perfect

by D. Anne Love

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This book is written from the view of the youngest sibling of three. Her mother is a bee beautiful spokes person and her father is a judge. It is the summer before her freshmen year and her best friend moved away. Her mother has just went away on travels, for a year. That same month a new friendly neighbor moved in next door from Italy. And her father became rather too friendly with her. The three kids thought so anyways. As the year went on Phoebe and her brother found a dog and decided to keep him. Lucky, the dog, help Phoebe cope while and after her brother was arrested for knocking over mail boxes. As freshmen year near, her sister came down from Huston to help her, Phoebe, with school shopping. On the first day of school she met a really nice guy named Nick. Who just so happens to be her lab partner. At the first freshmen dance Nick kissed Phoebe after a night of dancing and talking. from then on they were dating. On Thanksgiving Phoebe's mother comes home with shocking news that she has CANCER! That month Phoebe's life turned upside down. Now she has to deal with a cranky mother and weird moments with nick. As well as spotting her dad with the neighbor on secret dates. What will happen? In the end the family is fixed and nick moved away. But they all lived happily.
This book is a well written book, I enjoyed it a lot. This book shows the stresses that come with your life, ether as a judge or just a son. If you have the chance to read this book, I advice you to do so. You will not regret. ( )
  khooper | Jan 19, 2011 |
Susan says: Phoebe has always thought her family was picture perfect – a sister in pre-law, a jock brother, a judge father and a mother who is a star saleswoman. But then her mother leaves the family to sell cosmetics nationally, and Phoebe begins to realize that not everything is as it seems. This all happens during her freshman year, and more things include a beautiful neighbor who seems to be hitting on Phoebe’s father, her brother being arrested, a new dog, a boyfriend, and her mother getting cancer. While it seemed like a lot to cram in one book, this was well-written, and I did really like Phoebe and her brother Zane, both of whom had a lot of conflicting emotions about their mother being gone. The book had a lot of false clues – it seemed at one time that maybe Phoebe’s mom wasn’t really doing what she said, among other things, and it wrapped up a bit quickly, but it was still a good read. ( )
  59Square | Mar 28, 2009 |
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When her mother leaves her family suddenly to take a new job, fourteen-year-old Phoebe tries to deal with her own confused feelings and, in the process, learns some things about love and the complicated ties that bind families together.

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