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None of the Above by Rosemary Wells
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Apr 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, favorites, youngadult

Wells does it again! How did I miss all her great y/a work when I was growing up? This one is as good as When No One Was Looking. None of the Above follows through her high school years a girl whose widower father has remarried and moved the family (him, her and her sister) in with his new wife and her daughter. The step family is more intellectual than Marcia is used to, and the mom pushes her to excel academically. Marcia's older step-brother's girlfriend pulls her in a slightly different direction, urging her to apply to a very liberal women's college. And a new boy in school named Raymond chooses to date her, yet pushes her away in disgust when she is sexually responsive to his advances. Each of these people represents a possible future for Marcia, who believes herself not up to any of the tasks. She works hard to be a straight-A student but cannot trust that she is smart compared with her step-sister, to whom such achievements come naturally. Her own sister leaves the step-home to marry a soldier, and has a series of problems that shock the father and step-mother, who worries that Marcia will end up on a similar course. The decision that Marcia makes between her three futures (and she does choose one, despite the title of the novel) is simultaneously surprising and realistic. There is so much emotional honesty here, and this book immediately became a beloved favorite.
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