From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up—Told from alternating points of view, this story follows best friends Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie as their relationships begin to change. Each teen is dealing with personal issues: Tara fears abandonment due to a potentially cheating boyfriend and a father who left her; Whitney Blaire leads a lonely life, as her parents are never around; and Pinkie misses her dead mother tremendously. Instead of gaining strength from her friends, Tara seeks comfort in Riley, the new girl in town. Before long, she develops feelings for Riley that both shock and excite her. Whitney Blaire and Pinkie disapprove of Riley and her role in Tara's life. Will the girls' friendship survive? The revolving narration helps readers understand each character's thoughts and feelings. Diaz's descriptions of Tara's love for Riley are sweet and genuine, but Whitney Blaire's and Pinkie's reactions seem overdone, unrealistic, and, at times, out of character. The novel ends convincingly, however, with the girls still trying to understand and deal with what has happened.—Sarah K. Allen, Elko Middle School, Sandston, VA
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Tara is an aspiring marathon runner whose boyfriend might be cheating on her with a guy. Whitney Blair, rich and polished to perfection, is essentially living by herself due to her parents’ busy lives. And Pinkie is the naive mother hen who tries to keep the peace. Friends since childhood, these seniors are friends more by virtue of their shared past than common interests, though all three suffer feelings of abandonment. They discover whether their history is enough to keep them together in the present when Whitney makes the accusation about Tara’s boyfriend, Tara finds herself drawn to beautiful gymnast Riley, and Pinkie’s dedication to Tara is challenged by homophobic feelings. This first novel nicely captures the way friends assume and challenge their roles in a group while sensitively addressing a range of topics, including same-sex attraction and coming out. Tara’s mother is an especially appealing adult character who accepts and gracefully supports her daughter’s new relationship. Grades 9-11. --Heather Booth