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Unfinished Portrait of Jessica

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When Jessica's parents divorce and her father leaves, Jessica decides that the best way to punish her mother is to retreat to her room, a shrine to her glamorous traveling photographer dad.

Then Jessica's mother offers to let her visit her father in Mexico for the holidays, at the fabulous house of her father's uncle Lucius, a famous painter. Jessica is thrilled.

Once there,
Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1991)
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Jul 13, 2015 Victoria rated it liked it
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I think I read this book about 20 times as a kid. One last reread before I get rid of it. Another book where I now identify with the mom more than the angsty teenager.
The writing in this book is so well done it's a wonder I'm only giving it 3 stars.

This is the story of 14 year old Jessica, who lives with the enemy, her mother. Jessica blames her mother for her father leaving. She has painted this godlike portrait of her father not knowing what he's really, truly like. For months she has been treating her mother like shit (I hated this part of the book and character). Later her father sends for her to come down to Mexico for Christmas break and she is eager t
I read this book around the time it first came out in the early 1990's. I was probably 11. As an adult, I have been looking back on books that left an impression on me and I remembered this book. What I remembered was identifying with the main character as she felt angry and resentful toward her parents once she began to discover all their imperfections. What I also remembered was feeling like I had been transported to Mexico and actually spent time with the glamorous young adults Jessica spends ...more
Aug 05, 2016 emma rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
This book was alright. I though Jessica's enthrallment with her dad/hatred for her mom was really weird… weirdness.
I loved the end though, that was good...
Mar 16, 2010 Cass rated it liked it
A true picture of a typical 13-14 year old girl who thinks the grass is greener on the other side. In this case, living with her father has to be better than being with her mother. She learns the truth.
Jul 29, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preteens and teens
This book was about a 13 soon to be 14 year oldn who's dad leaves her when she is really young. She loves her dad and thinks he can do no wrong. Her mom sends her to Mexico for christmas break. He turns out to be a jerk.
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Anything written by Richard Peck is a favorite of mine. He has such a great way with words, and Mr. Peck can write for all of us....for the young, young-adult, and adults.
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

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