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Breathless by Jessica Warman
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Feb 12, 12

bookshelves: best-bets-for-girls, ya

Sometimes these book descriptions crack me up. Mom is overbearing? The opposite--Mom is distracted, disconnected, and frequently drunk.

The parents in this story fall so short of adequate, they easily win my "most dysfunctional" parents award. Yes, their son suffers from a particularly difficult mental illness (drug-induced schizophrenia), but despite Dad the psychiatrist, they are floundering. The only thing they manage to get right is to send their other child, Katie, to a boarding school so she can find as much equilibrium as most high school teens can hope for. Once there, their particular brand of self-absorbed neglect is exactly what Katie needs to survive adolesence and eventually thrive.

As far as boarding school stories go, this one is average. By far the most interesting characters, besides Katie herself, are her too-smart-for-a-third-rate-boarding-school roommate, Mazzie, and her kind and conflicted boyfriend, Drew. Other friends, Estella, Lauren, and Estella's boyfriend, Stetson, who is also Drew's best friend, are all pretty stereotypical boarding school story characters.

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