If You Leave Me by Maureen Wartski

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Lisa Carstairs was feeling a little crazy lately, between baby-sitting her little sister after school, working part-time at the hospital, keeping up her grade point average, and getting dumped by her jock boyfriend.

Then she met a smart, good-looking senior named Alex Lavarre, who told her she was special. He was so caring and loving--until he started telling her what to do. About everything. It didn't take long before Lisa realized she was losing control of her own life. And that she was really scared about what Alex would do if she tried to take it back. . . .

About Maureen Wartski

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Maureen Wartski is the author of several young adult novels, including the Bank Street Book Committee award winners A Boat to Nowhere and A Long Way from Home. She is also the author of Candle in the Wind, The Face in My Mirror, Dark Silence, Runaway, and What Are They Saying About Me?
Published October 29, 1997 by Fawcett. 10 pages
Genres: Young Adult.

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Alex's volatile nature (he plays Russian roulette in front of Lisa when she refuses to date him any longer, saying ""I might as well shoot myself because I'll never be happy again"") is as overdramatized as his parents' coldheartedness (""Hang around with losers, and you'll be tagged a deadbeat.

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