Sheldon, Dyan. My perfect life.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

Candlewick Press. 202p. c2002. 0-7636-1839-X. $16.99. J

Suburban New Jersey high school student Ella leads a seemingly perfect life--until her outrageous friend Lola (the protagonist of Sheldon's prequel novel, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, reviewed in paperback in the July 2002 KLIATT) convinces her to run for school president against her ex-best friend, Carla. Carla is popular but nasty; she doesn't sweat, "she oozes Calvin Klein." The campaign is bitter and hard-fought, and along the way shy Ella begins to emerge from her shell and discovers that the veneer of perfection "can hide a lot of horrors." Her father leaves the family; Ella has to face up to her mother's alcoholism; and she learns that Carla's family has some problems, too. Humor is...

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