By Patrick Jones
(Walker Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780802789013, 216pp.)
Publication Date: April 2004
Sometimes things change, and sometimes they don't...Johanna always feels like she has to be perfect-the perfect student and the perfect obedient daughter, which leads her to being the perfect outcast among her high school peers. They say opposites attract, and that could be the only explanation for her attraction to Paul. Always the life of the party, Paul won his seat on the student council by running on an apathy platform. Wherever Paul goes, laughter follows, and Johanna longs to be a part of his inner circle. And whenever Johanna wants something, she plans and works hard to achieve her goal. Getting Paul into her life turns out to be the easy part. Keeping Paul happy while juggling all her other responsibilities is tough even for an overachiever like Johanna. Soon Paul's happiness becomes more important to Johanna than her own. More important than her relationship with her parents and friends. More important than her grades, her safety, and her future.
Patrick Jones is a nationally respected Young Adult librarian. He has written critically acclaimed books for YA specialists, articles for School Library Journal and VOYA, and has given seminars in 49 of our 50 states. He has just been invited to lecture in Arkansas, which was the one elusive state he was missing. This is Patrick's first novel for teens.