But What About Me?
But What About Me?
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Annotation: Erica has always been a serious student but when her boyfriend's life starts spinning out of control, she does not anticipate the tragic consequences his behavior could have on her future.
Catalog Number: #6065045
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 193 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-929777-01-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-929777-01-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 96023108
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Erica rationalizes her boyfriend's blatant self-absorption and alcohol abuse as evidence of his inability to cope with his mother's death, until she is raped by his best friend's brother and realizes she has sacrificed herself in trying to help her boyfriend. The story offers a nonjudgmental account of how an intelligent person can fall into a situation beyond her control, but awkward writing weakens the effort.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up--This sensitively written problem novel deals with a young woman's struggle to stay true to her own goals and values while trying to save her boyfriend from himself. Erica Arrendondo, 18, is an excellent student who volunteers at the Humane Society, plays volleyball, and desperately wants to be a veterinarian. Her boyfriend is spiraling down a path of self-destruction and pulling her along with him. Topics such as keeping parents unaware of sexual relationships, the trauma of rape, the stress of college applications, the rewards of volunteerism, and the threat of AIDS are all gently interwoven into the main story of the trials of young love. The characters are compelling and the novel itself almost impossible to put down. The writing is superb and the realistic tone sets this book alongside the best of the genre. This fifth entry in the series about students at Hamilton High is an excellent addition to any YA collection.--Robyn Ryan Vandenbroek, formerly at Otterville Public School, Ontario
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Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 7-12

Erica has always been a serious student but when her boyfriend's life starts spinning out of control, she does not anticipate the tragic consequences his behavior could have on her future. This story of young love gently interweaves several topics such as keeping parents aware of sexual relationships, the trauma of rape, the stress of college applications, and the threat of AIDS.


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