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Limb, Sue.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 4.4
ISBN 0385902441

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Virgo: A very fat man will sit next to you on the bus, and he won't have had a bath since Christmas. So begins the story of Jess Jordan.  Each day begins with a funny horrorscope from her absent dad that gives her a laugh.  But being a 15-year-old girl isn't filled with laughs.  Take, for instance, Ben Jones.  He is the current object of her affection but she is sure he doesn't share her feelings.  And her perfect best friend, Flora, who tends to get all the guys.  And her amazing imagination that sometimes gets her into trouble.  And then, of course, there's the minestrone soup.  You'll have to read the book to find out about that.  If you are a fan of Louise Rennison or Meg Cabot, you are sure to enjoy this book.

Booktalk #2

Jess Jordan, 15, is really trying to impress Ben Jones. Trouble is, she thinks he's really impressed by Flora, her stunningly gorgeous best friend. (Flora is interest in Ben's best friend, Mackenzie, which is one good thing.)

There's a party this weekend, and Jess is getting ready to dress to impress. Her chest, however, really could use some improvement. Jess describes her chest as "The kind of featureless plain upon which airports get constructed."? A push-up bra might do the trick, but who's got that kind of money? Being a resourceful and creative person, Jess makes her own bra inserts using plastic sandwich bags and minestrone soup. You see, the title is really true: Jess is charming but insane…
This book ends on quite a cliffhanger, so you'll have to read "Girl, (Nearly), 16, Absolute Torture"?  (Bernie Farrell, librarian,

SUBJECTS:     Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        England -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.


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