Plum-Ucci, Carol. What happened to Lani Garver.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position::Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article
 
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Harcourt. 308p. c2002. 0-15-216813-3. $17.00 SA

Is Lani a he or a she? Or perhaps an angel? Claire isn't sure, though Lani is her new classmate and close friend, a kind, caring, streetwise person who helps her out. And Claire certainly needs help. She has fallen in with a shallow group of hard-partying cheerleaders and "fish frat" boys on small Hackett Island, hoping to forget her recent bout of leukemia, her emotionally distant father who lives in nearby Philadelphia, and her alcoholic mother. Claire has developed an eating disorder, and blunt but insightful Lani gets help for her. Claire is a talented guitarist, and through the therapist Lani introduces her to she starts to play with a band of HIV-positive musicians, who understand what it's like to have a life-threatening illness. Through Lani, she meets talented though suffering people and starts to ponder new ideas. Just as her life seems to be getting back on track, though, Lani...

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