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Rebel in Blue Jeans Perfect Paperback – October 15, 2008
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Rebel Ferguson's life is changing at the tender age of 16. Her mother has abandoned her, her father has started drinking and her two best friends, the Garret cousins, Will and Sully, are suddenly looking at her through different eyes. Rebel can't accept her mother's choice of a rock star over her father and herself. She vows to hate her mother's new love interest. She knows her father still loves her mother, and if her mother would just return, everything would be all right. ...Rebel in Blue Jeans is a book teens will love. It's fun, exciting and very identifiable. Ms. McClure has done an outstanding job with this novel. It's a book readers will want to read more than once. --Fran Shaff, Romance and Children's novelist
About the Author
Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of two other novels for teens: Listen to the Ghost and Secrets I Have Kept. A native Texan, she lives in the country with her husband and two cats. She is a former teacher and was selected 1988 Conservation Teacher of the year in her district.
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Rebel's mother is leaving - she is leaving Rebel's dad and she is also leaving Rebel - for another man. This is the premise of the book and it immediately grabbed me.
As Rebel struggles through the fact that her mother does not want her - she gets closer and closer to her animals - which act as a source of healing for her - I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the book - it made the book softer for me.
Although the opening chapter deals with a difficult subject, the book never really gets very explicit at Rebel's life. She does discover romance, but it was quite sanitized - I felt this book was a little innocent and indeed, at times, the dialogue did not fit with the characters - sometimes I felt as though Rebel was much younger than she is supposed to be.
This is a very quick read and I did enjoy it, but, for me, there was something missing which is why I gave it a 3 star rating.
Rebel is determined to make her mother pay for choosing Bo over her and her father. She begins to call her mother Liz. This is a book that you must read. It rang so true. I have seen my middle school students go through these frustrating stages just like Rebel as they deal with a divorce in their family. I can only imagine if they were older and had to deal with the "boy" issues Rebel is dealing with. I sat with the book and read it from cover to cover. I have so enjoyed it. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read and review this book and I'm looking forward to reading a lot more by this author.
Young adult readers, especially those who love animals will find many things to appreciate in "Rebel in Blue Jeans" by Beverly Stowe McClure.
When Rebel's mother decides to take off with Bo, a drummer in a rock band, she feels unwanted and alone. What is so exciting about city life anyway? Rebel trudges through the days on the ranch with the help of her best friends, Will and Sully, and spends a great deal of time talking with her animals to help relieve her frustrations. And while she's not sure exactly how she feels about Rick, she's caught off guard when Will seems to be wanting more than friendship from her.
When her mother calls and wants Rebel to come visit Bo and her for the summer, Rebel is determined to hate him and convince her mother to come back home. Can Rebel bring her family back together? And if she can ever believe in love again, is it Will or Rick who will capture her heart?
This is a quick and easy read, but it's certainly not short on conflict. McClure has woven together an interesting plot and a strong and complex heroine to create a story that will be enjoyed by young adults everywhere.
Tackling the difficult subjects of separation and divorce, the desire young people have to see their parents reunited, making decisions regarding boys, and finding your way in an uncertain world, "Rebel in Blue Jeans" provides readers with a heroine they will love for her spunk and get frustrated with over her stubbornness.
"Rebel in Blue Jeans" is an inspiring and entertaining read that would make a great gift for your teen reader...whether she's a rebel or not.
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