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Gr 6-9-Taylor's sister has died, which has thrown her mother into an extended, debilitating depression. Besides having to cope with Mum, the teen has her own grief to deal with, including her belief that she was responsible for her sibling's death. Life looks a little brighter when glamorous Kat befriends her, and the girls pass the time by shopping. But then Kat begins using her, and, to keep their friendship, Taylor behaves in ways that she knows are wrong. Fortunately, her mother's new medication brings her out of her mental stupor, and she is there for Taylor as the girl pours out details of the accident in which her sister lost her life. While the many Briticisms may be difficult for some readers, those who stay the course will be rewarded with an engaging, emotionally wrenching read.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Despite its potentially frivolous-sounding title," according to PW, "this compelling novel centers on a thoughtful, levelheaded English teenager whose life spins out of control after the death of her sister." Ages 12-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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