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Madigan, L. K.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2009
ISBN 0547194897
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Blake is a soon-to-be-sixteen year old who has a girlfriend, Shannon, and a friend who is a girl, Marissa. Sometimes heís lost about what to do with either of them. Girls are hard for him to figure out! The story begins with a photography assignment. Blake wants to shoot something gritty and real world so he goes to the inner city to find more compelling subjects. He doesnít know it, but the person he ends up photographing turns out to be his friend Marissa's drug addicted, homeless mother. When Marissa sees the picture she recognizes her mom, and asks for Blakeís help to rescue her. Blake wants to help, but things get complicated because his girlfriend, Shannon, has expectations for her boyfriend and they donít necessarily involve him traipsing all over with another girl! Sometimes itís funny as Blake tries hard to please them both. In the end he learns a lot about himself, and about love, sex and friendship, too. (The book tackles some mature issues about family, romance, drug addiction, and friendship.) ~Patty McClune  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2011-2012)
SUBJECTS:     Photography -- Fiction.
                        Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.

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