Paul, Jasmine. A girl, in parts, a novel.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position::Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review
 
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Counterpart. 240p. c2002.1-58243-285-6. $14.95. SA

Jasmine Paul's novel captures the innocence of childhood, the angst of adolescence, the grittiness of a rural, working-class life, the pain and joy of blended families and the spirit of the 1980s. Beginning when the main character, Dorothy, is nine and continuing until she is almost 15, traveling from West Virginia to rural eastern Washington State, the story traces the changes in a bright little girl who becomes a smart, edgy teenager. She must deal with the trauma of changing schools, dividing loyalties between divorced parents, making and losing friends and figuring out who she is and what she wants to be. While she is a likeable character, her...

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