Picture Perfect by D. Anne Love

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So far, life for fourteen-year-old Phoebe Trask has been picture perfect. Her parents are successful; her older sister, Shyla, is on track to becoming the youngest lawyer in Texas; and her sixteen-year-old brother, Zane, the all-American best brother ever, is a star on the high school swim team.

Then Phoebe's mother, Beth, becomes the traveling spokeswoman for Bee Beautiful Cosmetics, a job that keeps her away from home indefinitely, and Phoebe's father, a respected judge, finds himself embroiled in a trial that has the whole town choosing sides. What's more, the new next-door neighbor is a gorgeous widow who seems to want to take Beth's place in the family. All of a sudden Phoebe's once-solid family is on very shaky ground.

In the year that follows, Phoebe is pushed to her limit as she struggles to cope with the changes in her life that just keep coming, ready or not -- and as she learns what it really means to love...and to forgive.

About D. Anne Love

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D. Anne Love is the author of several award-winning novels for young readers, including Defying the Diva, Picture Perfect, Semiprecious, and The Puppeteer’s Apprentice. Ms. Love lives in Texas hill country with her husband, Ron, and Major and Jake, their book-loving golden retrievers. You can visit her online at dannelove.com.
Published October 8, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Phoebe instantly decides the widow is trying to take Beth’s place and resents her, but as weeks stretch into months, Phoebe also resents Beth for putting career before family.

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Entertainment Weekly

Caron and his fellow writers Arleen Sorkin and Paul Slansky (who created the sitcom Fired Up) move the action efficiently, and, except for the hive-inducing mother-daughter scenes and one hackneyed interrupt-a-wedding climax in which Kate and Nick fight while the dearly beloveds watch like ten...

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Fiction Vixen

Of course I would have liked a little more depth to the characters, perhaps some back story or even some romantic tension but a short story is what it is.

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It is a Death Wish-style revenge rampage in which a nice guy (Gerard Butler) witnesses his wife and child being raped and killed, and feels so upset when one killer receives a light sentence for ratting on the other, that he sets about wreaking mayhem not only on the murderers but the entire U.S....

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A Patchwork of Books

Left to fend for themselves, their once picture-perfect family is on very shaky ground as each member reacts to the hole left by her mother's absence.

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