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Dec 12 2008

Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler

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Walker Books, 2008. ISBN 9781406312164
(Age 15+) When V (short for Valentine) is hit in the head with a hockey puck and falls into the arms of Sam Almond, life begins to change for her. She has been left to live with her grandparents by a mother who has a commitment phobia. V is also afraid of making a commitment and falling in love, so she bounces from one boy to another. Sam is different to the other boys she has dated, and V must make up her mind what she really wants.

This is a sequel to Vegan, Virgin, Valentine, but can be read as a stand-alone. Mackler has written a funny, touching, coming of age story about a girl who must come to terms with what a relationship means, not only with Sam but with her mother. When V embarks on a road trip across America to see her mother, she uncovers truths about herself and the meaning of love on the way.

This is an entertaining read. It has enough humour, engaging characters and interesting story line to keep the reader engrossed, while sending a subtle message about the nature of love and self discovery.
Pat Pledger

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