Maybe I'll Move Lost

Susan Perkis Haven, Author Putnam Publishing Group $14.95 (158p) ISBN 978-0-399-21509-4
Elderly Mrs. Hearn moves out of an apartment on Gilly's floor, and an intriguing new girl, Victory, moves in. Gilly and her best friend Frannywho doesn't like Victorystart fighting; Arnold, the nerd who lives upstairs, becomes the object of Victory's aggressivefor a ninth graderadvances and Gilly finds herself becoming attracted to him, too. Finally, upset by her divorced parents' behavior, Gilly runs away to Mrs. Hearn's home. This stew of young-adult problems is overcooked, somewhat bland, but warming. Despite a fast pace, there are too many points being made about too many subjects: the forgotten elderly, divorce, the-boy-next-door-turned-prince syndrome, allowing for an individual's eccentricities, and the clash of best friends. An original touch is that the wicked stepmotheractually a girlfriendreally is nasty, someone to be tolerated, but not loved. Ages 10-up. (March)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1988
Release date: 03/01/1988
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