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3.24  ·  Rating details ·  17 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A compelling and clear-eyed novel about teenagers living in the margins of Reagan's AmericaLos Angeles, 1985: Reagan is a few months into his second term, and the economy is booming; but the increasing stand-off between the superpowers threatens to wipe out the world, AIDS is a growing epidemic, and 50% of marriages end in divorce. Ed Valencia is 17 and he and his crew, th ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Pan Macmillan (first published February 1st 2007)
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Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was struck with the detail of specific time and era. It really made me escape. I wonder how these "kids" are (would be) now is the question.
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
two and a half ... and i'm hoping to find '360 flip' in print too.

brilliant feel for highschoolishness, california locale, time period and the like - though there were times when she hit me over the head with 'THIS IS THE REAGAN ERA' without allowing it to subtly ride through the whole of the novel. a bit all over the place in terms of perspective, and i couldn't get why she skipped writing about the main event of the novel entirely, then circled back to it at the end. never was quite sure where
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This got some kind of harsh reviews which I think were undeserved. I liked this, although didn't love it...pros: great sense of time/place, the prose wasn't (generally) belabored or overwrought, and I did become vested in the characters. Cons: not particularly I care about what happens to these people after the book ends? Not so much. In that vein, I didn't get a sense that she was trying to capture a generation's angst, or whatever. Perhaps the PR for this book does it a disservi ...more
Jun 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I really enjoyed Molly's first book and was looking forward to this one; I wasn't disappointed.

This story mainly follows two characters; a girl and a boy, both teenagers, only loosely connected to each other. Set in 1980's California, it deals with the issues of fitting in in the context of the disintegration of family life.

I'm eager for her next book (hopefully she's writing it).
I was a bit disappointed with this one. I found it a bit boring and nearly didn't finish it at all.
I feel like I totally missed something in the story because by the end I was just left feeling confused and sort of like 'what the hell happened?'
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