Lynn Hall, Author Scribner Book Company $12.95 (120p) ISBN 978-0-684-18888-1
Ariel, 17, has led a stifling existence. Her fatherto all outward appearances an exemplary parentexercises an unbending, crippling control over his family's lives. Ariel can neither have her own money nor choose her clothes; she can see only the few friends her father approves of. During her senior year, she plots and eventually carries out an escape, rejecting marriage as an out and finding a humble but promising job in a nearby city. Ariel narrates a powerful, unusual story of the strength and determination that can arise from adversity. It is, however, kept from being fully affecting by an overly adult tinge to the telling, by a sketchy treatment of a few important elements (Ariel's boyfriend remains a hazy figure; we never really understand her sister, whose own attempted flight thus fails to deliver much impact) and, most of all, by a resolution in which everything falls too easily into place. Ages 12-up. (October)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
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