cover image Alice in Rapture, Sort of

Alice in Rapture, Sort of

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Atheneum Books, $16 (166pp) ISBN 978-0-689-31466-7

Returning to the setting of The Agony of Alice , Naylor gives readers a wry and poignant depiction of what Alice's father calls ``The Summer of the First Boyfriend.'' Having lost her mother early in life, Alice must rely on her friends Pamela and Elizabeth, and her Aunt Sally for advice on the rules of dating. But Pamela and Elizabeth are as confused as Alice, and her aunt is just plain behind the times. Alice and boyfriend Patrick endearingly muddle their way through the summer, which includes their first kiss and first argument, a weekend at the beach and a very special dinner at the club. And Alice begins to form her own, maturing opinions; her decision about her relationship with Patrick seems both natural and true. At the end of the summer Alice has become a very special person, and readers will have followed her escapades with eagerness and empathy. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)