McWilliams, Kelly. Doormat.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

McWILLIAMS, Kelly. Doormat. Random House, Delacorte. 132p. c2004. 0-385-73168-X. $15.95. J

McWilliams is 15 years old and tells a believable story about 14 year olds. She nails the relationships her narrator. "the doormat" Jaime, describes. It's a brief story, told in short chapters that are like vignettes. From the first page we learn the dilemma: Jaime's best friend Melissa worries that she is pregnant. Melissa is a bit of a princess, used to having life break her way; she warns Jaime not to tell anyone. Jaime must somehow have the strength to help her friend, and not destroy their friendship. As she struggles with Melissa's problems, she befriends a wonderful guy, Zach--just the boyfriend every girl would love to have. Zach is...

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