Wednesday, July 16, 2014

One or Two Things I Learned about Love by Dyan Sheldon - OPTIONAL

Sheldon, Dyan  One or Two Things I Learned About Love, 288 pgs.  Candlewick Press, 2012.  $15.99  Content: Language: PG (1 swear); Mature Content: PG-13 (French kissing); Violence: G.  

Hildy expects that this summer is going to be plain and boring like all of the summers before, until she meets Conner, a cute boy who seems interested in her.  As Hildy and Conner begin to become boyfriend and girlfriend, Hildy finds herself changing to make him happy.  Hildy has a lot to learn about balancing life and boys.  

The cover of this book is very misleading.  It looks like a fun, sweet teen romance, when in actuality it’s about a controlling boyfriend-he’s so controlling, it’s borderline abusive.  The book reveals an important lesson about remembering who we are when navigating through first love, but the main character took forever to realize the problem and when she finally did it felt abrupt.  

MS, HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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