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Dessen, Sarah.
New York : Viking, 2011
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McLean and her father have moved around a lot since her parents’ nasty divorce.  McLean’s father has a job that keeps them moving- reinventing or closing restaurants that are unsuccessful.  The great thing for McLean is she doesn’t have to be the same person- she can be whoever she wants.  She can be a popular cheerleader type or an artsy, goth girl, complete with social networking sites and email; but her new persona doesn’t start until she chooses a name.  Her favorite part of the transformation is her name- she hasn’t been McLean for several towns now.  Creating a new person allows McLean the ability to stay apart from the new friends she’s made- be detached from what is happening, because it isn’t really happening to her, it’s happening to Eliza or Beth.  This latest stop in Lakeview, something happens that McLean isn’t prepared for- she reveals her real name.  With this revelation, McLean now has to figure out who she really is, and not who she’s pretended to be.  She struggles with many questions- who does she really want to be friends with? Does she want to start a relationship with the boy next door?  Will she forgive her mother for breaking up her family? Can you really ever be the person you think others see you as?  This is a great story in typical Dessen style with lots of detail and complicated relationships that are real and touching.  (Tobye Ertelt for Colorado Blue Spruce Award, 2013)

SUBJECTS:     Divorce -- Fiction.
                        Identity -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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