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Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega

Fact of Life #31

by Denise Vega

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amazing tale of teen drama, and teenage love fails. me, being a high school student myself, completly understood some of the problems in this book, and the main character strangly reminded me of one of my own friends........ :X ( )
  AxelleDarkleigh | Oct 7, 2010 |
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Kat(ima) is invisible at Tabor High. Or if not exactly invisible, then freaky Yoga Girl. And her best friend is the girl that wears the crazy hats. And to make matters worse, her mom owns Midwifery. It's a New-Age type midwife service that allows pregnant women to birth at home naturally. Her mom simply goes by Abra. No last name, just Abra. Kat helps out there twice a week doing various office duties.

The story starts off with Abra calling Kat up and begging her to assist with a birth. Kat has never done that before, and the couple having the baby is pleased to have Kat there. However, Kat fumbles through everything and makes a mess of it all. Her mom doesn't want her along any more, and in a fit of rebellion, Kat quits, agreeing to stay on until her mom is able to find a replacement. So junior year for Kat isn't off to a great start.

Things may be looking up though when her crush of the last few years, Manny Cruz, asks her a question in Spanish class. Kat can count on her hand the number of interactions she's had with him previously. What started out as one innocent question soon turns into random meetings around town, and then soon the two are secretly dating. But at school, neither acknowledges the other.

Enter Libby Giles, the beautiful "it" girl of the senior class. Libby has just broken it off with her boyfriend, Mitch. No one knows the full story, but it's obvious to all that Mitch was not the dumper, but the dumpee. In what turns into frequent chance encounters, Mitch and Kat keep running into each other. They soon form a hesitant friendship, and Mitch turns to Kat for advice in getting Libby back. An added plus to the friendship is that Manny and Mitch are friends, and Mitch actually approves of the secret friendship Manny and Kat have.

During the course of the school year, there are ups and downs for Kat at school, with Manny, at home and with her best friend, Christy. The day Libby enters the Midwifery, everything Kat has assumed about others is thrown out the window. She must re-evaluate everything she has known and understood.

Kat is a wonderful character that the reader immediately comes to love. Through her highs and lows, the reader is constantly rooting for her. All along the reader knows that Kat is stronger than she realizes, and the self-acceptance she gets in the end makes you want to stand up and applaud for her. Read FACT OF LIFE #31 and you too will come to learn that maybe there really aren't any true facts of life. Or are there? ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 10, 2009 |
I really enjoyed this one. Kat's relationship with her midwife mother is based more on information speeches tan affection. When she's not being called a weirdo at school, she's invisible. So when she messes up at a delivery, and the popular kids start noticing her at school Kat has to re-evaluate her relationships. I liked the cast of highschool characters in this, the adults didn't make much of an impression. ( )
  francescadefreitas | Oct 2, 2009 |
Kat is in high school, works at her mom's midwife business, and has had a huge crush on Manny Cruz since middle school. As the year goes on, she starts writing in a journal, recording her "Facts of Life". Her mom tries to control her life more than Kat would like and Manny actually seems interested, but everything turns out to be more complicated than Kat thought it would.

It was a fine read from an interesting perspective, but not particularly memorable. ( )
  abbylibrarian | Nov 16, 2008 |
This book was a fun new variation on an old theme: outsider girl crushes on popular guy, then they have a "secret" relationship in which she ends up getting hurt, but each ultimately comes to a better understanding of themselves and high-school's various social circles. Even so, I really liked Kat and all of the characters were developed well enough that you gained some understanding of all sides. Some of my favorite elements: Kat's relationship with her sister; Christy's fun hat collection; the many insights on natural childbirth; how the book is cleverly sectioned into trimesters; the e-mails and text messages that help move the plot forward. It was a fun and quick read. ( )
  libraryLHR | Jul 14, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375848193, Hardcover)

FACT OF LIFE #48: Kat’s mom is No-Last-Name Abra, the best home-birth midwife in Colorado. But with her own daughter, Abra can’t stop teaching and lecturing long enough to be a mom.

Fact of Life #21: Kat’s had a crush on Manny Cruz since seventh grade. Now Manny is showing interest , but could he seriously be into Weird Yoga Girl Kat Flynn?

Fact of Life #14: Gorgeous Libby Giles has always intimidated Kat. But lately there’s something different about Libby, and it’s about to bring her crashing into Kat’s Life. . . .

Hilarious and poignant, this is the story of one girl’s sometimes funny, sometimes painful path to self-acceptance and to finding her place in the world.

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Sixteen-year-old Kat, whose mother is a home-birth midwife, feels betrayed when a popular, beautiful classmate gets pregnant and forms a bond with Kat's mother that Kat herself never had.

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