I have read some of Lauren Myracle's previous books including Twelve and Thirteen and enjoyed them, but this latest title from her is just wonderful. Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks has all the things a best selling young adult book needs, a bit of romance, some angst, family issues, and a great main character.
Carly has grown up in the world of privilege, though she often feels as if she doesn't really belong to her money crazy parents. She's fifteen and attends one of the most prestigious schools in the country, at which her younger sister, Anna, is starting at this fall. Anna has always been Carly's best friend, the one constant in her life filled with rich parents, snobby classmates, and people that don't like anyone that's different.
When Anna starts turning into the "norm" of kids at her school, becoming gorgeous, hanging out with Carly's friends, dressing the right way, and saying the perfect things, Carly no longer knows where to turn. Anna is gone, she can't get the right guy, her parents have checked out, and Carly is just lost in her eccentric self.
I loved Carly as a main character. Loved her quirks, her tenacity, and her determination to be herself in a world of copycats. The relationship with Anna is pure and comes across as realistic, as do her thoughts and emotions. This is really a book about actual teens that will appeal to REAL teens.
Definitely a great book to have on library shelves or as a gift for a teen girl. A great message of sisterhood through thick and thin comes across.
I read this for the Spring Reading Thing challenge
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Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks