Manning, Sarra. Pretty things.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

MANNING, Sarra. Pretty things. Penguin, Dutton. 262p. c2005. 0-525-47522-2. $15.99. S*

Mix Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with four troubled teenagers looking for summer fun, two of whom are gay and two straight, and each suffering a crisis of sexual identity. Brie is a self-absorbed, apparently shallow girl obsessed with looks and fashion. Her best friend is Charlie, a boy who announces on homemade t-shirts that he is "gayer." Brie and Charlie are such good friends that they have sleepovers cuddled in each other's arms, and Brie fruitlessly wishes that Charlie would get over being gay. They have joined an acting group along with acquaintances Walker, a self-professed champion "shagger," and Daisy, a loud political lesbian whose lover is away for the summer. Problems arise when tiny-voiced Brie is cast as Kate, and "take no prisoners" Daisy is cast as Bianca. Walker is Petrucchio. Further problems arise when Charlie falls for Walker, Walker falls for...

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