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Pretty Like Us by Carol Lynch Williams
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Jun 19, 2011

it was ok
Read from June 16 to 19, 2011

I checked out this book along with another she wrote, The Chosen One, because she is a local author. I was disappointed because this could have been a great story, maybe along the lines of Star Girl, but the author did not develop her characters and their relationships very well. To have just barely met this new friend and then they go out for a drive when she is underage? Preposterous. The trust went from 0 to 100 mph which does not happen, even in friendships with 6th graders. Then, when supposedly a friendship had been established, the main character vacillates so easily from a few notes thrown at her in class? Too doubtful. I think more information about progeria would have been useful and interesting. I love youth fiction, but not when the author treats her readers as if they are stupid, oversimplifying and speeding up the story when it's not necessary.

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