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Missing You: Degrassi The Next Generation Extra Credit    by J. Torres & Eric Kim order for
Missing You
by J. Torres
Order:  USA  Can
Fenn, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Missing You is the third in Degrassi The Next Generation Extra Credit graphic novel series based on the TV series. The book opens with a one page 'Previously on Degrassi ...' summary to set the scene: after Darcy introduced Spinner to a Christian students' organization he determined to change his ways; and pregnant model student Liberty planned to give up her baby for adoption.

Now we see Spinner insist to Jimmy that he's 'a changed man'. After Darcy heads to bible camp as a counselor for the summer, he gets a chance to prove it, helped by a guardian angel, who urges him to 'say goodbye to Spinner the sinner', and hindered by 'a horny little devil' who encourages his dark side. As he tries to deal with this, Spinner works hard to get Darcy back, while Marco counsels him on setting the boundaries of relationships. In parallel, friends tiptoe around Liberty, who has to deal with having given her baby up, and ends up fighting with her parents.

Though it's basically teen soap opera, these are credible characters with real life problems, and the graphic novel format - like the TV screen - gives them immediacy and emotion.

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