From School Library Journal
Grade 8-10-Corbet alternates between the voices of Mia Foley and Will Holland, both 15. Her world is turning upside down as she discovers that her father is having an affair. Her anger and frustration surface and affect not only her home life, but also her social interactions and her performance playing the viola. Will's younger brother was always the athlete, but now he is in a wheelchair and it's up to Will to live out the fantasies of his brother and his coach/father on the tennis court. The story is witty and fresh; the internal dialogue of each character is on par with the thoughts of a typical teenager. Mia's friends are fickle and self-consumed, but not destructively so, and their interactions are authentic. Both characters volley between liking one another and being confused, and their emotions are heartfelt and honest. Parents are developed candidly, but not unfairly. Because of the conversational narrative, the story will be a hit with reluctant as well as general readers. One caveat: Corbet sometimes chooses not to finish the word of a proper name or store ("-when K**** did her concert," "Vanessa wouldn't be caught dead in T---," etc.), which becomes tiresome. Otherwise, the novel is appealing on many levels-it is funny, quirky, and satisfyingly romantic.Delia Fritz, Mercersburg Academy, PA
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Gr. 7-10. Will and Mia, two young teens, feel the spark of attraction, yet are fated to alienate one another with misunderstandings, thwarted expectations, and gender stereotypes. Additionally, they must deal with their families, especially Mia's philandering father and Will's pushy dad, an athletic coach who wants Will to become a tennis star. In a format reminiscent of a tennis match--short lobs or long volleys delivered by the two teen voices--the relationship unfolds. Although the story occasionally bogs down in all the angst and misunderstandings, this is an authentic portrayal of middle-class teens who are focused primarily on how they fit in with family, friends, and the opposite sex. The most interesting character is Will's disabled brother, Dan, who watches Will's gradual maturity and its sexual implications and longs for something similar in his own poignant, brain-damaged way. The relationship between the two brothers is realistic and heartwarming, a bonus in a story that may fill that occasional request for a "boys' romance." Frances BradburnCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved