Gravel Queen by Tea Benduhn

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I look behind me as we walk toward the parking lot, gravel crunching and spraying beneath our feet.

"Whatcha' lookin' at, Aurin? I thought you weren't interested in those guys," Kenney says.

"I'm not," I say.

There is a carefully constructed balance between Aurin and her friends Kenney and Fred. Kenney is usually the one who comes up with things to do -- her flair for the dramatic can make even boring old Greensboro seem interesting. And if she is a little controlling, Aurin and Fred just look the other way.

Aurin has no intention of throwing off their established equilibrium. But when Neila joins their circle, Aurin realizes that she and Neila are becoming more than friends. Aurin and Neila are happy in their developing relationship, but Kenney feels left out. Can Aurin manage to mend things with an increasingly possessive Kenney, without letting her control this aspect of her life?

In this stunning debut novel, Tea Benduhn looks at a teen making decisions about her future while trying not to lose her past.


About Tea Benduhn

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Tea Benduhn lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her two cats. She has an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, and a BA in English and secondary education from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Of Gravel Queen, she says: "I wanted to write an uplifting story about teen love that had a positive outcome. When I was growing up and discovering my identity, I read a lot about the tragic consequences of following desire lines, as well as negative stereotypes about the South, but did not see much evidence of either in my real, daily experience. So I wrote Gravel Queen to show the celebratory and fun part of teen life.
Published March 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 160 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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The book's subject matter is timely, and Aurin's narrative contains bursts of comedy ("This scene would be like a John Waters film with the crazy overcontrolling best friend who acts like a mother," Aurin observes about Kenney).

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