Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Imaginary Enemy by Julia Gonzalez

It's been a long time since I have so disliked a protagonist who was supposed to be ultimately loveable. Jane White has problems with everything and everyone. She doesn't like her name, she gets teased by her boy neighbors, she doesn't get good grades, and she gets in lots of troublesome scrapes. When she feels ashamed or slighted, she writes to her imaginary emeny, Bubba. (Named for Beelzebub) Life goes on (with many dragging chapters about her girlhood), setting her up for a teenage awakening when she realizes that her slacker ways have alienated all the people she loves. The turnaround was predictable and the characters lacked real depth.
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