Phoebe Sharp has long red braids. She wears old beat-up sneakers and clothes from Goodwill. She lives with her father and brother on a small farm in Maine, where she reads fairy tales to her goats and snaps pictures with her Instamatic camera. Phoebe doesn’t have a single friend, never mind a boyfriend—that is, not until she meets Melita.
Melita arrives at the Sharps’ farm in a see-through T-shirt and strappy platform sandals that show off her drawn-on “tattoo.” With her caramel-colored skin, stylish clothes, and urban attitude, Melita seems as different from Phoebe as two teenage girls could be. Through the summer, the girls grow to know each other. As their friendship develops, confusing feelings also begin to emerge. Could their friendship be deepening into something more?
|Sold by:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|File size:||766 KB|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Lisa Jahn-Clough has written and illustrated a number of books for young children, including Alicia Has a Bad Day; My Friend and I; Missing Molly; Simon and Molly Plus Hester; On the Hill; and Country Girl, City Girl. She has taught at Maine College of Art and the Vermont College Writing for Children and Young Adults program.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm a guy, and I was easily drawn into this story about a girl who is confused over her feelings for another girl. A great coming of age story that never spiraled into cliche.
As an adult reading a book geared towards young adults, it's hard to really understand how a teenager will view this book. The language seems simplistic and generalized, but that may well be appropriate for the intended age group. However, the first half of the book does seem especially casual, almost geared towards pre-teens. The life of Phoebe, a simple country girl, is described, and her gradual awakening by the arrival a new friend, Melita. Once Melita encouraged Phoebe to come visit her in the city, the book takes on a story and language geared towards older teenagers. Themes of discovering one's sexuality, feminism, and complex friendships are explored. All are great topics to be weaving into an entertaining story, but it would have been nice for these themes to be introduced sooner and examined a bit more. As it is, they are rushed and hurried into the last half of the story. Overall, this is a nice little book for teenagers to read. Both gay and straight teens will benefit from reading a story of a young woman trying to figure out how her sexuality fits, or doesn't fit, within the norms found around her. The slim book allows for an easy reading that is entertaining and informative.
I can't believe I paid $11.00 for this for my nook... only to find out it's only 134 pages... wth??