Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 288 Pages, 4.72 × 6.69 × 0.79 in
Published: February 1, 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0689849982
ISBN - 13: 9780689849985
Read from the Book
Chapter One The party was to celebrate my boyfriend Chris''s high school graduation, no occasion for rejoicing as far as I was concerned. As usual, the Melvilles had gone overboard for their one and only son, putting up a big white tent in their overly landscaped backyard and having the food catered by Biscuit, the hot new restaurant in Iowa City. I''d already been forced to talk to the high school principal, two Spanish teachers, and Chris''s next-door neighbors; my smile was sagging like Custer''s mustache. All anybody could come up with to say to me was, "Just think, Robin, next year you''ll be graduating!" Whoopee. Sure couldn''t wait for my big fabulous future to start. I found Chris scarfing down shrimp at the buffet table. "Having fun?" he asked between mouthfuls. "Fun might be too much to aim for," I said, hooking my thumb in the armhole of my dress to try and stretch it a little. It really was too tight this year. "You think we can leave soon?" "I don''t know." He grimaced. "It''s my party. I can''t just..." "I know, but it''s been going on all afternoon already. I thought we could...you know...have our own celebration." I tried to look innocent and loving, rather than the way I actually felt -- bored and bummed. Chris slipped an arm around my waist and kissed my hair just above my ear. "I can''t wait," he said. "You know, you look gorgeous in that dress." I gave him a skeptical look. "This dress is a hundred years old." "It is not, and anyway, I like it on you. Don'
From the Publisher
Robin can''t believe it when her boyfriend, Chris, tells her that
his parents have enrolled him in a summer program in Rome. It''s
their last summer together before he goes away to college, and now
they won''t even have that time together. It feels like the worst
thing that''s ever happened to her.
Since Chris is leaving, Robin agrees to join her aunt and cousins
on a cross-country road trip, in spite of her reservations -- she
and her younger cousins have never really gotten along, and since
their father''s death they''ve become even more problematic than
Soon the four of them are zigzagging through the West on an
eye-opening journey. They explore parts of the country Robin never
dreamed existed -- and she discovers inner resources she never
imagined she had.
"A moving, realistic exploration of first love, class issues,
girls'' self-confidence, and the process of healing."