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Dede Crane. The 25 Pains of Kennedy Baines
Raincoast Books $9.95  ISBN 978-1-55192-979-8  240 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

PAIN #13: DISHONESTY
          Dishonesty is like a coating of grease that won’t come off your hands no matter how much you wash them. And it just adds more confusion when life is confusing enough.

Kennedy is only fifteen years old, and already she is knee deep in the confusing world of a teenage girl. What is she supposed to do when her boyfriend just isn’t what she is looking for; what is she supposed to do when a new boy comes along, and he is exactly what she is looking for? Family troubles and friend troubles dominate her life. Nothing is ever perfect, and life is unfair… but why?

I think that this book is very well done. This novel is captivating and definitely portrays the life of a teenage girl. I am fifteen, myself, and everything in this novel is easy to relate to. I am sure that other readers would enjoy this novel for its creativity and teenage angst. All of the issues that a youth must put up with are found in this book. It is amazing how accurate the writing really was to the truth. The storyline was easy to follow and I really connected with the characters.

I would recommend this book for readers thirteen years and older. Although, I do not think it would be an enjoyable book for the prudish reader. It does have some scenes that some might find inappropriate.

I give The 25 Pains of Kennedy Baines five melodramatic stars. On behalf of some teenagers that use MSN… not all of us talk like we don’t know a single word of English.

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