When Jason Marshall's younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates―Mario, Jordie, and Chick―to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who's not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.
A witty and emotionally moving tale of friendship, first love, and loss, Breakaway is Kat Spears at her finest.
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KAT SPEARS has worked as a bartender, museum director, housekeeper, park ranger, business manager, and painter (not the artistic kind). She holds an M.A. in anthropology, which has helped to advance her bartending career. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her three freeloading kids. She is also the author of Sway.From School Library Journal:
Gr 9 Up—Jaz's younger sister Sylvia was a popular cheerleader whose death leaves the entire school mourning to an extent that nauseates him. He loved his sister, but the outpouring of affection feels fake, and he becomes even more disgusted when Sylvia's friend Alexis starts hitting on him. His single mom withdraws from everything but work, and Jaz's friend Jordie begins dating a girl as rich as Jordie is, leaving Jaz to deal with their friend Mario, who begins to ditch soccer practice in favor of getting high. When Jaz is pushed into a double date with Jordie, his girlfriend, and his girlfriend's friend Raine, he is surprised at his attraction to Raine. She is rich, gorgeous, and completely out of his league, or so he thinks. As Raine begins to convince him that he just might have a chance with her in spite of their differences and the craziness that his life has become, he holds back out of fear that she will leave him behind eventually, just as he was abandoned by his father and now two of his friends. Will the boy who has always felt like a mistake made by his teenage parents take a chance on a girl who is so much more than she seems? VERDICT This sad yet hopeful romance will appeal to readers of Steven Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (MTV Books, 1999) and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why (Penguin, 2007).—Kerry Sutherland, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH
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