By Abby McDonald
Can a boy-hungry Jersey woman continue to exist the wilds of Canada along with her eco-identity intact? A witty new YA novel from the writer of SOPHOMORE SWITCH.
Jenna may well hail from the ’burbs of recent Jersey, yet eco-friendly youngster activism is her lifestyles. So whilst her mother indicates they spend the summer season at Grandma’s Florida residence, Jenna pleads in its place to go to her hippie godmother, Susie, up in rural Canada. Jenna is psyched on the probability to commune with this nature she’s heard approximately — and the lovable, plaidwearing boys she’s definite needs to roam there. yet after a couple of run-ins with neighborhood flora and fauna (from a larger-than-life moose to Susie’s sullen Goth stepdaughter to a scorching yet antagonistic boy named Reeve), Jenna will get the concept that her long-held beliefs, like vegetarianism and conservation, don’t play so good with this inhabitants of actual outdoorsmen. A dusty survival consultant bargains Jenna a laugh pointers on navigating the barren region — yet can she learn how to navigate the turns of her heart?
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I slouch back, defeated. But as the news sinks in, I realize that something’s not right — and I don’t just mean the destruction of my summer plans. Mom’s smile is fixed too brightly, and Dad is gulping back his second glass of wine. And then I remember what happened before. “Are you . . ” I start, nervous, but the words stick in my throat. Mom looks up. ” I pause, all my earlier courage deserting me. Facing down Principal Turner is nothing compared to real, harsh questions like this. “Nothing,” I say quietly, and push the tofu around my plate for another five minutes while they chatter about all the wholesome activities I’ll be able to do in Orlando.
Mom pauses. I nod, already out of my seat. “Miriam Park is having a girls’ night in,” I lie, naming a girl from my lit class who drives around in a gas-guzzling SUV and wears heels to class. Heels! Mom, of course, loves her. Just as I hoped, her face relaxes. ” I grab my purse and head out to the front of the house to wait, balancing back and forth along the edge of the sidewalk like I used to when I was a kid. We live at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, with neat front lawns and new-grown trees spaced twenty feet apart, looking as thin and pathetic as they did when we first moved in.
But the ground is pretty damp,” Olivia argues in vain. ” “It wouldn’t take much to commission an independent wildlife assessment,” I add, trying to be the voice of reason. ” Turner suddenly explodes. “I want you and your . . fellow agitators packed up and gone. ” We both take a step backward. His face is turning a strange shade of pink. ” I hear fearful murmurs behind me, but despite my faint lurch of panic, I don’t surrender. The school has been waving around that “college application” trump card for years now, but every single one of the Green Teen seniors got accepted into their first-choice college.