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The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci
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Aug 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: library-borrowed
Read in August, 2009

Loved the idea of communicating with a comatose stranger, bonded to her only because he was also hurt in the same terrorist attack as she was. The public art attacks are a lot of fun, though I have to admit that I did twinge over the bubbles in the fountain - I've been wanting to to do that for a long time, but had heard that it can destroy the plumbing/pump. While I agree that the other Janes were rather "stock" characters (I saw part of that as their individual attempts to fit in and find their own places), I enjoyed that the popular girl had some depth to her. The male love interest was, well, interesting. Still not sure how he felt about her - and to me, that captures a huge part of the high school experience - every tiny drama is larger than life, every word and look must be dissected and analyzed. Overall, interesting premise, entertaining read.

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