Kicks by Janet Fitch

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It was supposed to be their perfect summer-beach, boys, the Boulevard. Friends since childhood, Laurie Greenspan and Carla Moore, fifteen years old, couldn't be more different. Wealthy, reckless Carla is always looking for the next thrill: everything she does has to be wilder, faster, more on the edge. Studious, more conventional Laurie vows that this summer, she'll finally be able to keep up-to be as daring and cool as Carla. It's not until Laurie rescues her best friend from a bikers' party, and an overdose, that she understands how Carla has always used her to make herself feel better. There is no happy ending for Carla, but for Laurie there is a better understanding with her family, and a promise of a real relationship with a boy.

About Janet Fitch

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Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. A native of Los Angeles, Fitch currently teaches fiction writing in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.
Published April 24, 1995 by Clarion Books. 251 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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More than anything in life, Laurie Greenspan, 15, wants to be a part of the swinging Los Angeles street scene with her wild friend Carla.

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Laurie Greenspan thinks her hip friend Carla has ``the coolest parents in the world,'' especially compared with Laurie's Russian emigree mother (``You only had to screw up once around Lena Greenspan to figure out which side of the Volga you'd landed on'').

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