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Funny but Sad
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Reader reviewed by Mariah

When the Gold girls father dies in his old Firebird it is left in their garage, a year later everything is falling apart can the girls pull it together?

This is an old book but I never got around to reading it before.
Maureen Johnson is one of my favorite authors because all of her books
a really funny. This book was no exception even though it had a sadder
theme than most of her other books it was still hilarious! May and her
sisters all have different personalities so it was fun to see their
transformations through different eyes not just one. This story had a
good plot and good characters. The only problem to me was that all
three girls in my opinion grieved in almost the same way and I wish they
had grieved even more differently so there would be more of a contrast. Overall a good book!

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A Lighthearted Read About Love and Loss
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Reader reviewed by Stephanie

One minute May Gold was the average teenage girl, trying to balance being a good daughter and sister while simultaneously plotting revenge on the boy next door, her fathers best friends son Pete Camp (hint: it involves nudity). The next, shes father-less, Mike Gold the victim of a heart attack that leaves behind a struggling nurse wife and three shocked sisters, who whirl off into their own ways of dealing with the news.

A year later, things have not improved much in the Gold household. Their mother is constantly at work, and is thus unable to notice how Brooks, the eldest sister, sneaks out every night to get drunk with her boyfriend Dave and his motley crew. Palmer, the youngest, struggles to hide her panic attacks while becoming the next softball star on her high schools varsity team. And May, the middle sister, the responsible one, feels constrained by the chores laid upon her because no one else will do them.

Even worse, May fails her drivers testand May never fails any test. She has no choice but to accept Petes offer of teaching her how to drive, providing him with even more opportunities to tease her and play jokes on her. Pete has always been just Pete to May& until he starts dating her coworker. Suddenly, Mays not sure if shes comfortable with the situation. Which means& what? And what can she possibly do about it, when she and her two sisters dont know yet when they are allowed to be normal again?

The plot, while basic, comes along at the skilled hands of Maureen Johnson, who provides wit, humor, and heart aplenty for everyone. Its an easy read, but the writing will stay with you and make you yearn for more from this highly acclaimed author.
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Wonderful
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Reader reviewed by Amanda Marasco

Three sisters. Brooks, Mayzie, and Palmer, just lost their father. Brooks goes wild and starts drinking, Palmer withdraws from everyone and May is left to deal with it all. Everything is put on May's shoulders and she doesn't know how to deal with it all. In the end It's Palmer who makes the break-through for all of them.

This book showed me how important it is for sisters to be able to rely on each other and communicate. Each character was very well developed and the plot was wonderful. The story deals with a loss of a family member and that is always a hard subject.

Go and get this or any other book by Maureen Johnson
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