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Simmone Howell. Notes from the Teenage Underground
Bloomsbury $16.95 ISBN 978-1-58234-835-3 335 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

10. Amber and I refilled our glasses. We drank greedy gulps.
9. I found my mother, tearing up by the memory wall.
8. She said, “This year is going to be the best year ever.”
7. I charged my camera and pressed record.
6. All around me people were folding into each other.
5. Sharon was suffocating Barry “Boobs” Polson.
4. Pony was sucking face with Vince Vaughn.
3. Bliss Dartford was swapping spit with Mark Petrakis.
2. The count was almost down and…
1. I didn’t even think of looking for someone to kiss.

Gem Gordon is in grade eleven now and exams are coming around fast! As much as she wants to study…not, she is way too concerned with her friends and the fact that she still hasn’t had sex… She hasn’t even had a really good boyfriend in a while. She feels like she is drifting farther and farther away from her friends, she feels like the outcast. All she has is her video camera to keep her company. She finds herself very interested in movies, films and anything to do with picture art. As she struggles to fit in with her friends, she is also having trouble with her family at home…

This book is very inspiring! It certainly gives the reader an outlook on the world from a sixteen-year-olds eye. The way this book is written definitely encourages artists to get out there and do something with their work. It tells them that it is hard to get where you want to be, but it's not going to happen if they don’t try! I love the way the characters are so plausible and life-like. They seemed to match the description of many teenagers I know myself. Simmone Howell is a genius! The framework of the plot is very suspenseful, and it has a very natural flow, just like in reality.

I would recommend this book for people thirteen years and up. It is a very believable story that can very easily change your outlook on life.

This reviewer gives Notes from the Teenage Underground four plausible stars.

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