THE KIND OF FRIENDS WE USED TO BE by Frances O’Roark Dowell (Atheneum, 2009)

July 7, 2009 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

kind of friendsThis sequel to THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF GIRLS stands reasonably well on its own, but will be better appreciated by those who have read about the preceding year of Kate and Marylin’s relationship, to which they allude so often.  Now the girls are moving beyond that wrenching time when they realized they were becoming interested in different things and they are attempting to salvage their previous closeness, while maintaining their individuality.  Told in alternating chapters, the recounting of their first months as eighth graders will strike a chord with girls of the same age or a tad younger.  Kate tries to teach herself guitar and write her own songs, Marylin begins to assert herself in spite of the queen of the cheerleaders’ pressure and discovers that she has good ideas for the Student Government.  Kate agrees and becomes her campaign manager.  So there is a rapprochement and Kate and Marylin become more comfortable with each other again.  They realize that they’ll never be exactly the friends they used to be—but they can be friends.

J-Fiction, recommended- Miriam Lang Budin (Chappaqua)

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