The True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredericks
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Cool is cool and geek is geek, and at Eldridge the two definitely do not mix.

Sari and Jess are best friends and total opposites. They've liked each other ever since they discovered that they are the only two normal people at Eldridge Alternative. As they prepare to face the trials of ninth grade, Sari is psyched. Jess is not. How can she face the Prada Mafia, the most evil clique in school? Or Mr. McGuiness's unnervingly long nose hair? What if something really interesting happens to Sari and nothing whatsoever happens to Jess?

But not even Jess can predict the mayhem that erupts when Sari falls madly in love with David Cole. David is a senior. He's been dating Thea Melendez for forever. So he couldn't possibly be interested in Sari. Or could he? And if he is, where does that leave Jess?

About Mariah Fredericks

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MARIAH FREDERICKS is the author of the bestselling novel The True Meaning of Cleavage, which Meg Cabot called "laugh-out-loud funny and way twisted!" She is also the author of Head Games, Crunch Time, and the In the Cards series. Visit her at
Published May 8, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Children's Books. Fiction

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After Sari becomes sexually involved with David, Jess carries the burden of perceiving things clearly and realizing that if she tells Sari her suspicions (that David is merely using Sari), she will lose her friendship.

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Sari is not interested in any of the things they used to do together and the two drift apart, pushed by Jess's anger at Sari's obsession with David.

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Without didacticism, she highlights the drawbacks of Sari's sacrifices, even when Sari doesn't perceive them as such.

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We are essentially the only normal people in our entire school, the only girls who don't communicate by squealing and squeaking.\" Sari gets labeled a tramp by the school cliques when she falls in love with the most popular senior boy, David, and encourages him to break up with his long-time, dev...

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