Love and Other Four-Letter Words (Mass Market Paperback)

By Carolyn Mackler

Laurel Leaf, 9780440228318, 256pp.

Publication Date: January 2, 2002

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With her parents splitting up, 16-year-old Sammie Davis may not want to feel a thing, but feelings happen. For starters, she's plenty angry. Her dad's leaving their upstate New York home and moving clear across
the country. Her mother well, she's packing up and relocating to New York City with Sammie, who has no say about any of it. Overnight Sammie is forced to deal with change. And one change spawns another: Roles get reversed, old and new friendships tested, and sexual feelings awakened. It's a scary time. But as Sammie realizes that things can t stay the same forever, that even the people she loves and trusts the most can disappoint her, she begins to accept that change isn t always bad. It's how you cope, jumbled feelings and all, that counts. And as she copes, Sammie's sense of self emerges proud and strong.

About the Author

Carolyn Mackler has written feature articles for "Jump," "Ms.", and the "Los Angeles Times."

Praise For Love and Other Four-Letter Words

“Teens will relate to the common themes of divorce and awakening sexuality and will enjoy this Birkenstock-wearing heroine.”—School Library Journal

“This debut novel is both funny and sad. [It] will resonate with younger teens who are themselves standing on the edge of adulthood.”–VOYA, Starred

“Mackler gets the contemporary scene with humor and realism.”–Booklist

“Mackler has much of the offbeat humor that Blume and Danziger use in their fiction.”–KLIATT

“This is a well-crafted novel with a personable heroine.”–The Bulletin

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