Kisses

Judith Caseley, Author
Judith Caseley, Author Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $12.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-80166-5
Reviewed on: 03/01/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
This novel focuses on the romantic quandaries of a 16-year-old violinist. Although Hannah Gold has plenty of dates, none of them are with the right boy. First there is Lance with his clammy palms; then there is George, gallant but boring; and Hannah's brief encounter with good-looking Richard turns out to be a disaster. Meanwhile, Hannah's parents are having problems with their marriage, and best friend Deirdre has gotten involved with an older boy who, according to Hannah, looks like an ex-convict. Hannah becomes convinced that perfect love exists only in the movies. After revising her expectations of life, she begins to view an old acquaintance in a new light and settles into a comfortable relationship based on trust. Caseley displays a knack for vivid characterization and realistic dialogue in this amusing, affecting story of adolescent concerns. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
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