Losing Louisa (Hardcover)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374346652, 240pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 1999
Lacy gets a crash course on life, love, and families
Lacey Levine's family has changed since her parents' divorce. Her mother has turned into a health-food fanatic who wears tight clothes and goes out on dates with a guy named Vinnie. Her father is remarried, and his new wife has just had a baby. Lacey is struggling with the changes and trying to sort out her own crush on a jerk named David when she finds out her older sister, Rosie -- smart Rosie, cheerleader Rosie, Rosie with the angelic singing voice -- is pregnant. At first, it is Lacey alone who supports Rosie as she tries to decide what to do, but soon it becomes a family affair. Abortion seems the right choice until Rosie spends time with her new half sister and starts to think about the baby growing inside her, and even gives her a name -- Louisa. As the family draws together in helping Rosie sort out her options, Lacey discovers that, no matter how it may be configured, family is family. Judith Caseley has written a tender novel about sisters, decisions, and love in its many forms.
Praise For Losing Louisa…
"Tough decisions require tough discussions, and the abortion vs. adoption scene is well done. Never maudlin or didactic, Caseley's novel is a story of love, family, and the resilience of the spirit." --School Library Journal