Publishers Weekly Review
The likable 15-year-old narrator, a self-described "pitiful little muddy-foot doormat," stops feeling invisible in what PW called an "amiable, often insightful" first novel. Ages 12-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Booklist Review
Gr. 6-10. The writer of this first novel is 15, and not only does she know the YA scene, but unlike most high-school kids, she also can write about it--with wit and immediacy as well as distance. There are no sprawling diary entries and e-mails here. McWilliams' first-person, present-tense vignettes are taut, funny, and touching, the dialogue is authentic, and both the teen and adult characters ring true. Jaime's gorgeous best friend, Melissa, 14, is distraught that she is pregnant. Jaime tries to help, but, as usual, she feels like the doormat to prima donna Melissa, who makes Jaime buy the pregnancy test kit and refuses to talk about solutions. Although there's a nice reversal by the end of the story, Jamie's passive role is overexplained, and the plot relies on contrivance (an awkward eavesdropping scene reveals the baby's father). But the pregnancy is the heart of the story. Should Melissa have an abortion? Should she tell her parents? YAs will race through the story and talk about it. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist