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Young Adult Fiction 899
Nothing Gold Can Stay
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Before Francie Knight comes along, Valentina is pretty much a nothing. She has no more friends since they all moved away. Francie and Valentina seem to be total opposites; Francie is the big-haired blonde, the girl that catches everyones attention, but Val is the brunette, the quiet one that fades into the background. They would make the most unlikely duo. However, the day that Francie calls out Vals name in the mall, Val knows her life will never be the same. And it isnt. The two new friends team up to shoplift, a new skill for Val but an old one for Francie. According to Francie, they dont steal because they want something, but because it already belongs to them. But a talent for shoplifting and Francies unpredictable attitude change Val and leaves the reader thinking, who really is the blonde of the joke?

The Blonde of the Joke was a funny and impressive novel. Francie isnt completely likable because of all the lies she tells and just how she comes off as a jerk. As the novel progresses, though, cracks begin to show in her pretty mask, and Val begins to see that Francie really isnt such a great person. I didnt really like Val that much either. At first, she was a loner who basically pitied herself all the time; then she became slightly more likable when she became friends with Francie. However, in the end, Val turned out to be worse than Francie. Even though I didnt like the characters, I really loved the story. Throughout the novel, theres this constant wanting for more that both friends feel. Its so strong that it almost takes over their lives, but while one of the them learns that she cant depend on shoplifting, the other gets caught.

The Blonde of the Joke is actually pretty confusing, but one of the messages is pretty clear: sometimes, the only person you can depend on is yourself. I recommend this novel for people looking for a though-provoking read. The Blonde of the Joke will be released from HarperTeen in early September.

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