Frank Hillary. Better than running at night.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article
 
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Houghton Mifflin. 264p. illus. c2002 0-618-10439-9. $17.00. Also avail. in paperback: 0-618-25073-5. $10.00. SA

Ellie, a talented artist, has just started as a student at the New England College of Art and Design when she meets sexy Nate at the Artists' Ball. She loses her virginity to him and they begin an affair, brought together by physical attraction and by the coincidence that neither of them knew their real fathers. Nate's father died when he was very young. Ellie has been raised by her hippie mother, Who confesses that she has no idea who Ellie's father was, and the man she married, with whom Ellie struggles to connect: he means well. but his idea of connection is to send her off to college with a bag of marijuana. Ellie falls hard for Nate, but soon realizes that he's not the faithful kind, which causes her much anguish. Eventually, she breaks off the relationship. Meanwhile, an enthusiastic, excitable teacher helps her develop...

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