Ariadne Mitchell, Ari for short, feels unnoticed by her family, her best friend Summer, and people at school. She and her family live in Brooklyn, New York and the story takes place in the 1980s. Summer is very pretty and popular and always has a boyfriend. Ari’s sister, Evelyn, got pregnant as a teenager and married her boyfriend Patrick. Evelyn has always commanded her parents’ attention and continues to do so even though she is married.
Ari is a talented artist and likes to draw. She would like to attend Parsons University upon graduation and become an art teacher. When her parents come into some money, they send Ari to the same private high school that Summer attends. While there, she meets Leigh, another very talented artist with problems of her own. Leigh and Ari become friends and that creates a rift with Summer. Leigh introduces Ari to her older cousins Del and Blake. Blake likes Ari and they start dating. Thinking that Blake loves her and that they will be together forever, Ari goes all the way with Blake. She suffers the consequences of this when she and Blake split up. Ari has lost a lot and has to figure out how to get her life back.
I recommend this book for Mature Readers. I think the author really demonstrates teen attitudes toward sex, sexual diseases, friendships, and family relationships in a realistic manner. This is what will appeal to teens the most. Although the characters participate in sexual encounters, the author presents the consequences of this behavior and how it can hurt someone who is not really ready for this step in her life.
Recommended by Karen Limbaugh, MLIS, Retired High School Librarian, Texas, USA