Love Is a Four-Letter Word by Vikki VanSickleLove Is a Four-Letter Word by Vikki VanSickle

Love Is a Four-Letter Word

byVikki VanSickle

Paperback | September 1, 2011

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Where love and friendship are concerned, if you don't move forward, you'll get left behind.

Love: little word, big consequences. Clarissa has never given much thought to the word herself; she has other things to worry about. Her mother is still recovering from breast cancer, and until Clarissa hears that magical word "remission," shedoesn't think she'll ever be able to relax.

As a distraction, she and best friend Benji try out for a community production of The Wizard of Oz. But sadly only he makes the cut, leaving her disappointed and best-friendless, and forced to spend her time with other people, like boy-crazy Mattie.

When Mattie becomes distracted by a new crush, and Clarissa's mother starts spending far too much time with her personal trainer, Clarissa wonders when she stopped being enough for all the people in her life. Enter Michael, who seems to be interested in more than just friendship. But is that what Clarissa wants?

Vikki VanSickle is a writer and dramatist who holds an M.A. in Children's Literature from the University of British Columbia. She has extensive experience working with children at theatre day camps and as a bookseller, and her first novel, Words That Start With B, was nominated for the CBA Libris Children's Book of the Year Award. Vikk...
Title:Love Is a Four-Letter WordFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.75 × 5.02 × 0.59 inPublished:September 1, 2011Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443107875

ISBN - 13:9781443107877

Appropriate for ages: 11


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first book! This sequel did not disappoint! It was very enjoyable to read through and captures growing up so well!
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story, highly recommended! A lot of the kids I work with were fans of the author's first book, "Words that Start with B." I recently picked this one up, and ended up reading it all in one go. Clarissa is an eerily believable character with an appealingly sharp perspective, struggling to balance it against those uniquely intense emotions that crop up on either side of adolescence. The stakes are reasonably high throughout, but her personal growth never feels contrived - the author's world is thoughtfully drawn to gradually tease out the character's better angels. And I think that's what sets this book apart, that beneath it all is an honest but optimistic message about the importance of community. I wouldn't hesitate to pass this one along. It's well-written, and I just couldn't stop smiling at the end. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2011-09-09

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Love Is a Four-Letter Word:CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2012"Humorous and poignant all at once." -Resource Links"This book expertly portrays the emotional frenzy of early adolescence. This is a sweet and sensitive story that is perfect for any middle school or junior high aged girl." -Canadian Children's Book News"Like Like Words That Start With B, Love Is a Four-Letter Word continues to provide an honest outlook of a pre-teen figuring out her relationships and the world around her." -CM MagazinePraise for Words That Start With B:Shortlisted, CBA Libris Awards - Young Reader Book of the Year, 2011CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2011Recommended, IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2011"A well-crafted and enjoyable first effort from a writer who is obviously tuned into the minds and emotions of young teens." -Quill & Quire"Clarissa and Benji offer a fresh, honest look at life as an outsider, when you don't quite belong and don't quite know who you are. They're funny and relatable and exactly the kind of characters kids should be reading in today's It Gets Better age." -CBC Books"A fresh and honest look at a girl's school year in that wonderful, horrible, confusing time known as Grade Seven." -Canadian Bookseller Magazine"Words That Start With B is the story of how a feisty girl battles a year of surprises, if not with grace, then with a lot of humour." -Open Book Toronto