Luna, Louisa. Crooked.

Author:Goldsmith, Francisca
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

Pocket Books, MTV. 310p. c2002. 0-7434-3995-3. $12.95. A

Mel Booth and her twin brother Gary were brought up by a single mother who brought home men who varied from ineffectual to extremely dangerous. The kids never got enough healthy adult attention, or food, and developed as wildlings as they reached adolescence. Now just past 21, Mel has been released from a California penitentiary for women; Gary is serving a life sentence in San Quentin. As she did in Brave New Girl (2000), Luna provides an incisive character portrait of a troubled young female, but Mel is older, more hard-bitten and brazen than was Luna's first protagonist. Mel comes home to Marin County with her mother, takes up with the drug-addled peers she and Gary once called friends, and gets a parole-arranged job delivering portable sanitary waste...

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