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Lexie by Audrey Couloumbis
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Aug 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ncbla
Read in August, 2011

Ten-year-old Lexie has always loved spending time at the beach with her parents, but this summer, her mother stays at home, which makes the experience entirely different. Her parents are divorced, and Lexie looks forward to spending time alone with her father. But he has invited his girlfriend and her two children without asking or telling Lexie. Things don't go particularly smoothly since there are all sorts of adjustment issues, and Lexie sees her dad in a different light than she has in the past. But although things at the beach are different and Lexie has her moments of rudeness and hostility, eventually she realizes that different doesn't necessarily mean bad; sometimes, it simply means that things won't be the same as they were in the past. The book is filled with lovely language as Couloumbis captures perfectly the voice and emotions of a girl Lexie's age. I simply loved the passages describing all the hard work the kids do to free that sand shark as well as those describing her father's reaction to Harris's messiness. When it seems as though all those negatives might add up to a break-up, the author surprises readers.
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