Achingly Alice (英語) マスマーケット – 2003/11/1
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Thirteen-year-old Alice sets long- and short-term priorities for her life as she experiences the complexities of young love. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about what’s in store for Alice, visit AliceMcKinley.com.
For starters, there's her widowed dad and Miss Summers, Alice's seventh-grade English teacher. They've been dating for a whole year, yet no one's mentioned marriage. Even worse, Miss Summers' old boyfriend, the junior high vice principal Mr. Sorringer still seems to be in the picture. How can Alice keep him from stealing Miss Summers away from her dad??
Then, there's the whole issue of boys. While Alice knows she's lucky to have someone as nice and handsome as Patrick in her life -- even to be able to call him her "boyfriend" and know he'll ask her to all the dances -- there's still a part of her that wonders about the other boys at school. How does she know there might not be someone even better than Patrick? For example, there's Sam, a really nice boy in Camera Club who seems awfully interested in Alice. Should she keep trying to keep a distance in order to stay "loyal" to Patrick?
As if all this weren't enough trouble, Alice's best friends Elizabeth and Pamela need her support too. After thirteen years as an only child, Elizabeth became a big sister. It's a huge adjustment for her, now that the Price home suddenly seems to be all about crying, teething and diaper rash. And as for Pamela, what happens when your mother suddenly decides to run off with her fitness instructor? Poor Pamela, torn between hoping her parents can patch things up and between fury at her mom's destroying the existence Pamela has always known.
As always, Naylor writes her characters true to life. Alice and her friends may not have all -- or often, ANY -- of the answers, but they definitely have all the same worries and questions that real girls that age do. It's hard not to relate to Alice's life and hope for the best, right along with her.