Alice in Rapture, Sort Of (英語) ペーパーバック – 1999/8/1
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The summer of the first boyfriend
That's what Alice's father calls the summer before Alice starts junior high. And because Pamela's cousin from New Jersey says starting seventh grade without a boyfriend is the worst thing that can happen to a girl (even worse than not having pierced ears or a leather skirt), Alice is greatful that she's got Patrick.
The trouble is, Patrick the boyfriend is a lot more complicated than Patrick the friend. What's an appropriate present for Alice to give Patrick for his birthday? What should she do if Patrick wants to kiss her and she hasn't just brushed her teeth? Alice really likes Patrick, but sometimes she thinkgs life would be a lot simpler if they were still just friends.
It's the summer before junior high, and Alice and her best friends Elizabeth and Pamela are convinced that they need boyfriends to be successful in school. Luckily, Alice has Patrick, who has always been a good friend. But how will he rate as a boyfriend? Alice needs advice about the rules of dating and kissing. Who should she turn to?
Between bike rides, a beach date, and loads of surprises and disasters, Alice makes a very important discovery about growing up.
Thanks for being there and having good children's books.
In short, Alice is being raised by her father, but all the kinds of "girl-related" things she wants or needs to know about, it's like she yearns for a surrogate mother at times. She depends on the advice of her two friends Pamela and Elizabeth, who have somewhat different backgrounds, but can relate to the same growing-pains issues as they are the same age.
I liked the way the author handled the "taking the friendship with Patrick a little further" issue with sensitivity and virtually no condescending tone whatsoever, the summer of fun for all the characters involved denotes a more innocent time free of the jadedness of today's times, which is rare and refreshing.
This is a great book for the tween and teen set, and any girls who spend a large proportion of their time raised in a single father household, will be really jazzed to read about a character whose experiences and rites of passage are relatable.