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manicpixiedreamgirl by [Leveen, Tom]
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Length: 258 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 9 Up-Tyler Darcy, 17, is in love, but not with Sydney, the girl who's been his steady for the past two years. He looks back on his first day of freshman year, when Becky became his unending obsession before Sydney even came into the picture. He knew nothing about her when their eyes met in a cafeteria line. That's pretty much the extent of the encounter, but from that moment on, Tyler makes her the star of his evolving short story. He writes Becky into his perfect dream girl. Over time, as a friendship forms between the two, he can't see past the character he has created. He makes excuses for one telling incident after another, and because everyone else seems to know about her reputation, including Sydney, Becky assumes that Tyler does, too. It's not until his short story is published by a literary magazine that both Sydney and Becky are forced to face the truth. Tyler is not in love with Sydney; he is in love with a girl that Becky can never hope to be. In this spare, well-written romance, Leveen points out the many ways in which we, often unwittingly, deceive ourselves and those around us when we fall in love. Teens will recognize themselves in the course of their own early romances, and possibly begin to realize what a messy business love can be.-Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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It’s hard not to love the title of Leveen’s latest, though it is somewhat misleading. The object of 17-year-old Ty’s obsession, Becky Webb, is more of a moody goth. For three years, Ty has been maneuvering to get closer to Becky, maybe even to touch her. Did we mention Ty already has a girlfriend, Sydney? He does. It’s a setup ripe for standard romantic comedy follies, so it’s a pleasure to watch it play out into something more affecting. Sydney is a wonderful side character who deserves better—sexy, smart, and indulgent of Ty’s undying fantasy. Becky, meanwhile, feels less fresh—she is the inscrutable girl with a checkered past who just needs a guy to be nice to her. It is Ty who emerges as the (well-meaning) jerk, treating Syd shabbily while overidealizing Becky. The story unfolds over flashbacks during the night when Ty and Becky might finally hook up, and though it begins comedically (I lacked the testicular fortitude to make contact), it quickly turns morose—not a bad thing for folks who like their romances unresolved and realistic. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

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  • File Size: 3429 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y4I9BK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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