Bounce by Natasha Friend

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From the author of PERFECT and LUSH, another novel that tells it like it is.

The perils of dealing with a new stepfamily are illuminated with the same Blume-like heart and wit that Natasha Friend brought to PERFECT and LUSH.

About Natasha Friend

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Friend has taught at the Brearley School in New York City and Ecole Bilingue in Cambridge and directs the Brimmer and May summer camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She has written for Family Fun Magazine, contributed to Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul, and is the author of a camp counselor resource book used throughout New England.
Published January 1, 2010 by Scholastic Inc.. 204 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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However, when her widowed father announces that he’s remarrying and they’re relocating from Maine to Boston, Evyn isn’t thrilled, especially when she pieces together that moving in with her new mother, Eleni Gartos, means living with six new siblings.

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Evyn doesn’t.

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His breakdown - meant to signal that he does have a conscience, despite all prior evidence to the contrary — is marked by the film’s one truly obnoxious and weird moment: after months of hiding out and drinking in his gorgeous beachfront home, Buddy attends a Clio Awards ceremony, where his adver...

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It's what allows Evyn to get back to more typical teen problems like peer pressure, romantic attractions, and body changes (or lack thereof).

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My favorite guerilla tactic the book lists is to “Remind yourself to be a winner.” Even though Career Bounce Back appears to have been created with the organization Professionals In Transition in mind, I find the book to be full of useful information.

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But unlike Perfect, where the main character's battle with bulimia can be tough stuff for young readers, here Evyn's support system -- her dad and her new mom -- are strong models who help keep Evyn grounded.

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