Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Every Little Thing in the World

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina De Gramont
In spite of comprehensive sex education classes at the private school she has attended since kindergarten, 16-year-old Syd is pregnant. When she and her best friend Natalia are caught by the police for "borrowing" Natalia's parents' car, the girls are shipped off to a wilderness canoe camp in Canada. Syd wrestles with the ethics of her situation, which is complicated by Natalia's recent discovery that she is adopted, and by both girls' attraction to boys at the camp.

This is a story with plenty of questions and no easy answers. Syd's narrative voice is strong, and her changing relationship with her parents is deftly depicted.

Minimal cussing, some underage drinking, some nekkidness (including skinny dipping in the lake) and some pre-sexual intimacy, but no on-page intercourse. Read before adding this to school collections!

Recommended for readers ages 14 to adult.

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