I was forced to face the upsetting fact of my fourteen-year-old life:
I'm on my own. It's up to me to create the life I want. I must be mistress of my destiny or I'll never even skim the surface of normal.
And that's when the whole fiasco began.
One summer day, Libby and her best friend, Nadine, come up with a plan. Before their freshman year is over, they will each experience a serious kiss. Libby already has her ideal boy picked out. Everything is set.
But Libby's beer-guzzling father and fast food–addict mother have another plan: The family is moving. To the middle of nowhere. Away from all of Libby's friends and all hope of a normal life, much less a boyfriend.
As her life and her family are falling apart, Libby starts to wonder, Is happiness really about being normal? Or is being happy maybe just...being yourself? As she begins to figure out who she is, Libby discovers the most amazing thing of all -- being herself could also be the key to a perfect, incredible, wonderful, serious kiss.
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Lamenting that “everything awful happen[s] to me,” Libby’s yanked out of her small town and moved to a Barstow trailer park (surprise: it’s a retirement home!) next door to an unknown woman (surprise: it’s her grandmother!).Dec 15 2004 | Read Full Review of The Serious Kiss
In this uneven first novel, Libby's dysfunctional family suddenly moves from its Chatsworth, Calif., home to a trailer park in the desert town of Barstow, and the 14-year-old narrator must quickly say goodbye to her best friend and former life—without getting a chance to have her dream "serious k...| Read Full Review of The Serious Kiss
The focus there is on the possibility of Libby getting her kiss, but actually this is a realistic and hopeful story about Libby and her family finding their feet again in the midst of the ravages of alcoholism.Dec 28 2004 | Read Full Review of The Serious Kiss
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