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How My Summer Went Up in Flames by [Doktorski, Jennifer Salvato]
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Length: 322 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Rosalita Ariana Catalano is not starting off her summer vacation quite the way she imagined. Instead of having fun in the sun, she receives a temporary restraining order from Joey, her ex-boyfriend, all because she sent him a series of text messages and accidentally set his car on fire. She only wanted to know why he had cheated on her with a blond freshman. Rosie's parents decide to get her as far away from Joey as possible until her court date, so they send her off on a road trip with her neighbor, Matty, and his two friends. Rosie, much to her surprise, starts to realize that she just might be having the summer of her life. Although the premise sounds entertaining and lighthearted, the story and underdeveloped characters are formulaic and predictable. Rosie is hard to connect with and her voice seems forced. Also, her dramatic Ecuadorian mom and loud Italian dad at times come across as caricatures. And, although she does go through a transformation, resulting in the new, caring Rosie, the hot-tempered protagonist remains unconvincing right through the happy ending. Teens who like road-trip books might enjoy this story, but there are better titles out there. Give them Morgan Matson's Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (S & S, 2010) or Julie Halpern's Don't Stop Now (Feiwel & Friends, 2011) to satisfy their open-road captivation.-Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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After Rosie receives a TRO (temporary restraining order) from her ex, summer vacation looks bleak. When she further proves to have faulty impulse control and tries to contact him, Rosie’s family decides that she needs to leave town for awhile. To Rosie’s dismay, she is sent on a road trip from New Jersey to Arizona with three guys whose detailed itinerary allows no time for using the round brush on her hair, or any other female fluffery. At first, it’s an awful experience. But in true road-trip fashion, the three guys and the girl ride out emotional upheaval, sexual tension, and the ever-present threat of the TRO. Rosie is a funny, endearing narrator, propelled by impulse and passion that sometimes obliterate common sense. Her portrayal of her male companions is often hilarious, as she tunes into their conversations on college football, superheroes, girls, and the Hubble Space Telescope. While some of the emotional resolutions come a bit too easily, this debut novel is still a great ride. Grades 7-10. --Diane Colson

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  • File Size: 4634 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J4GTN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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