From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8 Annabel and Lucy are 14-year-old stepsisters with complicated families. In this sequel to The Steps
(S & S, 2003), Annabel is looking at a summer in LA with mixed feelings she's delighted to see her extended family and biological father, but is worried that her mother seems to be running away from a troubled marriage in NYC. Even though Annabel's stepbrother and friend, Wheaties, is coming along, the teen also dreads the trip because it means not seeing her big crush, Ben her stepsister's stepbrother. Lucy, just moved from Australia to LA with her family, knows that Ben is paying a surprise visit, but is worried about Wheaties's crush on her, since she doesn't reciprocate the feelings. With the four blended families converging, tensions and humor run high. Chapters are told from alternating viewpoints (Lucy and Annabel dominate the book, but Ben and Wheaties provide periodic insightful guy commentary as well). This blended narrative offers a lighthearted glimpse into weighty matters. With most of the action taking place off-page and described by the narrators after the fact, the tone of the novel resembles a juicy note scribbled during class. Cohn's four narrators are pitch perfect, especially Lucy and Annabel. A helpful family chart can assist in bringing readers up to speed, but the complexity of the relationships and ex-relationships may frustrate the uninitiated. The ending ties everything up, but leaves a possibility for another sequel. Sarah Couri, New York Public Library
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"The tone of the novel resembles a juicy note scribbled during class. Cohn's four narrators are pitch perfect." -- School Library Journal