Candlewick, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
ivian Vail Valentine – known as V for short – is really into guys, but she doesn't have a special guy or even want one. After being hit by a hockey putt, she gets eighteen stitches and a guy named Sam, whose lap she landed in. Sam would like them to be a couple, but V insists that they remain friends with benefits.
's mother Aimee went to Costa Rica after her last relationship breakup, shipping V to live with her grandparents. Even after raising Aimee, her grandparents still aren't prepared for V and often suggest counseling whenever something goes wrong for her.
is disappointed when her mother doesn't show up for her graduation ceremony. She pretends she's not, but when Sam makes a careless but hurtful remark about her mother, the breakup of their
relationship staggers them both.
imee has broken promises since V moved to Rochester, so V decides to take a road trip to San Antonio where she now lives with a guy known only as Cowboy. If Aimee won't come to her, she'll go to Aimee.
first appeared in
Vegan Virgin Valentine
which is told from her aunt's point of view. In
, V finally gets to share her own thoughts and feelings about the world she lives in. Funny, misguided and hellacious, V will win your heart even when you can't agree with her actions.
is a humorous read about a young protagonist with problems only she can solve.
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