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Notes on a Near-Life Experience

Title

Notes on a Near-Life Experience

Authors

Olivia Birdsall

Publisher

Delacorte Press

Pages

257 pages

Publication Year

2007

ISBN

9780385733700

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Separation; Divorce; divorced parents; separate homes

Annotation

Mia never thought she'd be the child of a broken home. Yet when she's 15 years old, one day her father just up and moves out. As her family life crumbles, her love life is finally coming together. Julian, her brother Allen's best friend and her longtime crush, has finally noticed her—and being with Julian makes her happier than she can put into words. Meanwhile, her mother has disappeared into work, her brother is skipping school and acting weird, and her father is cohabitating with a frighteningly sexy Peruvian woman named Paloma. Mia wishes the divorce would just go away so she could focus on Julian...but she can't ignore her problems forever. In this honest, witty, utterly accessible winner of the Delacorte Press Contest, first-time author Olivia Birdsall creates an authentic and lovable teenager in Mia.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Family Formation

divorced parents

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, 2005, 1st Place

Keywords

father dating; crush; love interest; feelings; friendship

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Notes on a Near-Life Experience

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