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At 13, Rosie plays a gangly, pigeon-toed second fiddle to her juicy, sexy friend Simone. The two are junior tennis champs who often cart home trophies. But driven by the gnawing fear that she's a loser, Rosie starts to cheat. Meantime, boy-crazy Simone dabbles in off-court disaster. Up in the bleachers a weird loner named Luther obsessively follows Rosie's games, while at home her mother wrestles her own demons. Anne Lamott (Operating Instructions) has turned in a fair depiction of the blood and bones of adolescence that's thankfully leavened by sharp humor and transcendent moments. The novel is uneven and heavy-handed at times, but often rewarding. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA. Some girls, like Rosie's friend and doubles partner on the Northern California tennis circuit, enter adolescence with young womanly grace and appeal; others?like Rosie?find the onset of metamorphosing body and questionable social status fraught with a seemingly endless string of bad days. Lamott has a keen ear and reportorial skill for this sort of age-and-gender-driven angst. She embues Rosie's mother and adult friends with that same understanding. Although they have problems of their own, but they provide Rosie with admirable support that encourages her maturation rather than suffocating her with overwhelming concern. Interestingly, this novel features a great female tennis player who deals with her own cheating, a similar situation to that found in Marcia Byalick's YA novel, It's a Matter of Trust (Browndeer, 1995). Both well-written books speak to readers who have little interest in tennis while providing those who love the game with some lively scenes of the sport. Older girls will enjoy Lamott's newest offering, and may well wax envious at Rosie's family's understanding. That her 14-year-old friend is less lucky in the end, while seemingly having the better draw at the outset, lends a fairy-tale moral quality that embellishes the whole, rather than detracting from its power.?Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This author, Anne Lamott, was,recommended to me by my writing coach, also an author like I hope to be someday. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bev
This book is one of the most unrealistic books I have ever read. Lamott is trying to be Toni Morrison-esque and completely fails in every regard. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eliza
I love Anne Lamott's candor and courageous truth. And I love that every few pages she writes something so tender and full of poetry it is like discovering a new world inside the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Schroeder
Anne writes beautifully and her characters are thoroughly believable.... In the case of this work every character felt like they were trying to hard to fit into the novel, like... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Reader Susan
This book captured so many feelings I experienced as a teenager. I was able to escape from many personal difficult decisions because I had a horse to support. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Linda Green
The book brought me back to my own difficulties growing up. Also the painfulness of teaching that age group one year. OMG how do parents survive? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I see that the last review of this book was about ten years ago. The book did not develop any popularity and there's a good reason for that. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carolyn