First Wedding, Once Removed

Julie Reece Deaver, Author HarperCollins Publishers $13.95 (216p) ISBN 978-0-06-021426-5
Though Pokie misses her older brother Gib when he leaves for college, she is confident that their special relationship will survive unaltered. The discovery that Gib has fallen in love--and plans to marry--leaves Pokie jealous and confused. But in the days prior to the wedding, Pokie is (somewhat mysteriously) reconciled to her soon-to-be sister-in-law. This rather slight plot line stands in marked contrast to the wrenching events of Deaver's first novel, Say Goodnight, Gracie. Her snappy dialogue, which provided such a welcome counterpoint to the tragedy in her previous work, here seems more jittery than witty. The writing and the subject matter combine to give this novel a strangely old-fashioned air, reminiscent of Fifteen or Sister of the Bride. The unfortunate jacket art, depicting a saccharine wedding scene, will add no appeal. Ages 10-14. (Oct . )
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Hardcover - 216 pages - 978-0-06-021427-2
Paperback - 978-0-06-440402-0
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