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Monday, December 18, 2006

Off the Shelf 0607-4

Who am I Without Him?
By Sharon G. Flake
© 2004

Ten short stories about teenage girls and their relationships is the focal point of this book – though not all are from the girls’ point of view. In fact, one of my favorites is titled, A Letter to My Daughter, in which an absentee father realizes his 15-year old daughter is growing up and adds his 2 cents worth of advice on relationships. He says,

I’m gonna tell you about how to separate the plums from the prunes. ‘Cause it ain’t just that girls don’t pick the right guy. Shoot. They can’t even recognize the wrong ones when they come along.

Dealing with identity, self-confidence, parenting, sexuality, and emotions are all part of these short stories. Flake confronts their stories with reality, good nature, and sensitivity. Her writing flows easily and offers opportunities for reflection.

* 2006 Florida Teen Read book
My recommendation: 4½ out of 5 stars

Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist

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