Getting a Life Jocelyn Shipley

ISBN: 9780613810371

Published: January 1st 2003

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Getting a Life  by  Jocelyn Shipley

Getting a Life by Jocelyn Shipley
January 1st 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 0 pages | ISBN: 9780613810371 | 10.24 Mb

An honest, moving portrayal of adolescent life and how families work in different ways Carly Lark is in a tough spot. Not only has her best friend Tanya left for a year in Australia, but a letter from Tanya has made it clear that the friendship isMoreAn honest, moving portrayal of adolescent life and how families work in different ways Carly Lark is in a tough spot. Not only has her best friend Tanya left for a year in Australia, but a letter from Tanya has made it clear that the friendship is not all that Carly thought it was.

On top of it all, Carly is also desperately lonely for Sally, Tanyas mother, who is the closest thing to a mother she has experienced since her own mother left when Carly was in kindergarten. Reacting to the loss of Tanya, Carly befriends the Radfords, a family who have just moved in to the basement apartment across the street. Tough-talking, sixteen-year-old Dawn Radford seems to have everything Carly doesnt: glamour, style and the confidence to deal with boys. The makeover that Dawn gives Carly begins the confrontation between the working-class Radfords, whose poverty has them teetering on the edge of family breakdown, and Muriel Lark, Carlys respectable and stern grandmother, who sees Dawns friendship with Carly as merely exploitive.

Carly struggles to handle the increasing complexities of her life -- homework, hanging out with cool kids at her local high school, her often tense home life and what she feels is a growing obligation to the Radfords. Though her effort to help the Radfords ends disastrously, Carly gradually learns to look beyond appearances and to take charge of her own life.



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