From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–Six years ago Seattle's father disappeared, leaving her with his girlfriend and her two sons. The story switches back and forth between the teen and Critter, a stepbrother, as they explore their own feelings and attractions to the opposite sex; their summer becomes an emotional roller coaster that will make most kids' lives seem tame by comparison. Readers are privy to Seattle's jealousy over Critter's infatuation with a preppy lifeguard, her attraction to an older skateboarder, and her father's sudden reappearance. Critter's thoughts run from wanting to protect his sister from her new boyfriend to a growing awareness of his own sexuality and conflicted feelings for Seattle. His mother is almost too good to be true as she works long night nursing shifts; shows unfaltering love, patience, and understanding for her children; and harbors no resentment toward the man who took off and left his daughter in her care. A light teen read with a smattering of four letter words and sexual descriptions.–Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA
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Gr. 10-12. Fifteen-year-old skateboarder Seattle has been raised by her father's girlfriend, Layla, and Layla's sons are like brothers to her, especially 17-year-old Critter, who is also her best friend. But while waiting for summer school to begin, things start to change: Critter falls for a wealthy girl, then for Seattle; Seattle meets skateboarder Scott; and Seattle's father reappears. Told through Seattle's and Critter's alternating narratives, this features plenty of hip slang, cuss words, and teen issues, which make the story seem very present-day. Seattle's father's return feels forced rather than necessary, and the narrative voices are sometimes less than distinct. There's also some fairly strong sexual content (in one scene Critter masturbates while thinking about Seattle; in another there's an episode of oral sex).^B But explicit scenes are consistent with the emotionally charged personalities Zeises creates, especially hormonally driven Critter, and the book's contemporary flavor and the issues about family, school, sex, and love it raises will find a readership among mature teens. Shelle RosenfeldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved