Clark, Catherine. The Alison rules.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

CLARK, Catherine. The Alison rules. HarperTempest. 264p. c2004. 0-06-055982-9. $6.99. S

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2004: Alison meets the clever, wisecracking new boy named Patrick in geometry class, and they become friends when he joins the staff of the high school newspaper for which she is a reporter--not that there is much news in Birch Palls, a tiny town in Western Massachusetts, where there isn't a lot to do beyond bowling and hanging out by the river. Alison, her best friend Laurie, and Patrick start to spend all their time together, and even pull off a great prank at the newspaper. However, when Patrick makes it clear that he would like Alison to be more than a friend, she rejects him, afraid of shaking up her small, controlled world. Alison is afraid of many things, particularly feeling strong emotions, ever since her mother died of cancer a year ago. In retaliation for being rejected, Patrick starts going out with...

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