Life as It Comes by Anne-Laure Bondoux

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Sisters with nothing in common? That's Mado and Patty.

Studious and responsible, 15-year-old Mado is the family brain. Patty, on the other hand, is a carefree 20-year-old party girl who lives on her own and has plenty of boyfriends. The two are following divergent paths . . . until their parents die in a car accident and a family court judge reluctantly appoints Patty as her sister's guardian.

Now these two improbable siblings face the challenges of growing up together—but it's Mado who quickly assumes the big sister's role. And it's not a role she particularly wants—especially after Patty announces that she's several months pregnant. . . .

Anne-Laure Bondoux writes with insight, humor, and poignancy about the bonds between sisters—and the challenges of everyday life.

About Anne-Laure Bondoux

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Anne-Laure Bondoux's other young adult novel is The Killer's Tears. She lives in Paris, France.
Published February 13, 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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In this leaden sequel to The Destiny of Linus Hoppe (April 15, 2005), the young Parisian rebel suffers the consequences of cheating on the compulsory test given to all teenagers in his near-future society.

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Like most 15-year-olds, Mado is stressed about exams, but unlike her peers, Mado knows that poor grades will signal to the family-court judge that her 20-year-old sister and only living relative isn’t capable of caring for her.

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Mado, the 15-year-old narrator of the story, emerges as a more sympathetic and convincing character than her recently appointed guardian, sister Patty, a 20-year-old party girl, whose lack of sound judgment and immature behavior may be as frustrating to readers as it is to Mado.

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Mado has always been more responsible than Patty and the two sisters balance each other--fun and loving, responsible and hardworking.

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Curled Up Kids

A rainy night and a slick road take her parents from her, and the courts decide that Patty can only be her guardian if Mado keeps up her grades and Patty can keep up with Mado.

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