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From Publishers Weekly

Here's an unsettling morality tale about how not to conduct a friendship. Annie has everything going for her--including enough generosity to take pity on Christina, a lonely new girl in school. First Annie arranges for Christina to come home with her after rehearsals for the school play, then Annie insists that Christina join her circle of intimates--even finding her a date for a dance. Pretty soon, Christina is right in the thick of Annie's life, from baking cookies with Annie's mother (Christina calls her Mom, too), to buddying around with Annie's kid sister, Martha, to planning a cast party with Annie's best friend, Jill. Only older brother Greg and boyfriend Peter remain immune to Christina's charms, but Annie's eyes slowly open to her protegee's chameleon character and cavalier attitude toward the truth. It takes a near-tragedy for Christina's false nature to become apparent to all; in a realistic touch, she is steadfastly unrepentent. Bridgers ( All Together Now ) gets the bouncy milieu of Annie's North Carolina high school down pat, and she describes the twisted dynamics of the girls' relationship in chilling detail. Given that Annie, like her mother, never comes to terms with her compulsion to "fix" everyone else's life, however, the author fumbles a little in pinning almost all the blame for the skewed friendship on Christina. Ages 12-up.
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Grade 7-10-- When Annie Gerhardt is inexplicably moved to help a new girl by inviting her home after school play rehearsals, events start to spiral out of control. She is at first drawn to Christina, who is not affluent and seems somehow different from the other kids at Whitney High, but the friendship begins to turn unexpected corners. Christina insinuates herself into Annie's family, relationships with best friend Jill and long-time boyfriend Peter, and subtly influences the course of school events, throwing Annie's predictable, stable world into disequilibrium. Christina's family history and personal life are hard to pin down. Talented and attractive, vulnerable yet dangerous, the girl remains an enigma throughout, which may be disconcerting to some readers. Is she trying to seduce Greg, Annie's older brother? Has she involved younger sister Martha in shoplifting? She becomes a catalyst for unwanted changes that Annie cannot seem to control and is not comfortable with. Rehearsals for the school production of "Taming of the Shrew," an English class debate over the authorship of Shakespeare's plays, and flying Peter's hawk on the weekends provide additional context. A near tragedy finally throws things back into focus for Annie. This story is in part an examination of the nature of friendship and loyalty, as well as the responsibility and danger inherent in choosing relationships. It is also a complex portrait of a disaffected, unstable teenager unable to deal with reality, and trying desperately to create her own. --Corinne Camarata, Port Washington Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Replica Books (February 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073510042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735100428
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,431,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Keeping Christina is a book once you get to the middle of the book you dont want to put it down. The book is about a girl that meets a girl named Christina. First Annie thinks that she is normal but after awhile Christina becomes very suspicious. At the end of the book Annie finds alot of stuff about Christina. This book has romance, mystery, and suspence. I dont read many books but this one book I couldnt put it down until I got to the end.
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Format: Hardcover
My review is on the book,KEEPING CHRISTINA by Sue Ellen Bridgers. The book is basicly about Annie and her new friend Christina.They then become best of friends and also are a big role in each other's lifes.Then suddenly Annie's old friends are suspicious that Christina isn't all that she appears to be .Then close to the end Annie finds out that being Christina's friend is way more than what she had bargined for.
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By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book made me think about people and how we think we know them and we really don't. I liked this book because it told how people aren't always what they seem. Sue Ellen Bridgers makes Christina seem like a real person and her actions seem to real, like they're really happening to you. I suggest ths book to anyone who has been hurt by a friend or is the one who does the hurting.
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Format: Library Binding
I loved this book. Don't ask me exactly why
becuase I cannot explain. It had this wonderful
sense of understanding,mystery, romance, and
suspense to help me read it in a day. If you are
a girl between the ages of 11-14 I would definatly
reccomend this book. It is one of my altime
favorites!
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By Linda on August 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The heroine of this novel(Whatsername)befriends a lonely new girl,named Christina.But there is something about Christina that rubs everyone else up the wrong way.Is it mere jealousy?,or is there,as whatsername starts to expect,something very wrong with Christina?
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