Saturday, March 22, 2008


Jessie Lou has had her heart set on popular Conrad Parker Smith for years. But he hasn’t paid much attention to her. In fact, his popularity has grown to the point where everyone loves him and he can do no wrong. On the other hand, Jessie Lou’s popularity hasn’t exactly taken off at all. She doesn’t even have any real friends, as Jessie Lou puts it, she has “not-now-maybe-later-friends.” Then a few months into the fall semester, Conrad starts having trouble with his leg. He has to quit soccer and ends up wearing a leg brace. His popularity drops like a rocket. People are nice to him, but he is no longer worshiped like before. Jessie Lou is assigned to help him get home everyday afterschool. Suddenly, they become friends and begin doing things together. Jessie Lou can’t believe her luck. But when Conrad mentions that he will be undergoing an operation to fix his leg, Jessie Lou worries that she’ll lose him again. This is a sweet and achingly realistic book about first love and heartbreak with quirky and fun characters. The author did such a wonderful job with the setting that I could feel the atmosphere of this small town seeping out of every paragraph.

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