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He took his eyes off the road for long enough to send her a piercing look. If you want to break a few laws, you do. If you want to disappear so the entire family has to go out looking for you, you do. If you want to get wasted with losers like Chad, you do. You never think how it might turn out. She frowned at him, arms still folded. How this makes you look. Well, what about me?

What about me? She turned sharply away from him and stared out the window again. For the rest of the car ride we were all silent. After I was done with my homework, I went online to write Anjie. As a child I had looked forward to this date every year almost as much as my own birthday. It had always meant a fun outing with Samantha and Anjie.

Instead, I had argued with her today. Then I wrote her a long message telling her I was sorry that things were the way they were between us. I hoped Josh and Elise would be back on good terms by morning. They both sat tense and silent in the car.

These things always do. Josh switched through radio stations, punching the buttons with more force than the task needed. Elise was right about the rumors not blowing over. At lunchtime, Elise ate at my table. Caitlin opened her milk carton and slid in a straw. She bit into her sandwich and chewed angrily, then stared off across the cafeteria. She spoke to Elise again, this time with more kindness. I mean, who could resist Chad Warren? I have some self-respect. No one believes me.

Elise stood up and stalked off toward the exit. I went after her. Your friends have hated me ever since I dated Chad. I wondered if she planned on walking all the way home without her coat. I had a half an hour until my next class started. I kept pace beside her.

I hereby drop out. She flung open the front door and a gush of cold air hit us. She strode outside anyway. Josh and his high horse are both riding around on cloud nine. I avoided it as much as I could.

After all, it could have been me this happened to. I wanted to date Chad too. Elise stopped then; stopped and stared wearily off at the parking lot.

I cleared my throat and pretended I had been doing that all along. I was beginning to shiver. If you need me to cry with you, I will. I need you around to help me laugh. I stared at those pictures for a full half an hour. Chapter 17 Elise was right about the rumors not blowing over. I kicked Caitlin under the table. They did it with glee.


Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards by Janette Rallison

What I need is someone who understands why Cheerios are ground into the seats of my car. Cassidy knows everything about Chad—everything, that is, except how to get him to notice her. Someday, somehow, she vows, those deep blue eyes are going to look her way. Cassidy has always been happy to be the studious, reliable type—until Elise and her good-looking brother move into the neighborhood. Elise is determined to introduce Cassidy to the partying life. Can a girl be smart and have fun too?


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BOOK REVIEW: Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards by Janette Rallison

Fifteen-year-old sophomore, Cassidy, is broken hearted when Anjie, her long-time best friend and next-door neighbor, moves away. As a fellow serious, A-student, no one has ever understood Cassidy like Anjie. Elise is a terrible student, gets drunk at unsupervised parties and, worst of all, she starts dating Chad, a handsome athlete Cassidy has worshipped from afar since middle school. It is written as hilarious YA chick lit. It takes a truly gifted writer to create a character as messed up as poor Elise and make her as sympathetic as she is. Underneath all her rebellion against her family for being lost in the shuffle of six siblings and a seventh on the way, Elise really does love her family, including the small siblings she constantly babysits. In addition, even when she is loudly complaining, Elise, who is Mensa-level intelligent, is extremely witty.


Blue Eyes and Other Teenage Hazards

Great review! Oh my gosh, Hilda, where has this book been all my life?? For another thing, Cassidy sounds like the sweet and confident contemporary heroine that I've been looking for all my life in which I will be up there with you to hand out the award, right after I read this LOL! You always introduce me to the sweetest books I've heard nothing about before -- this one has definitely been added to by Goodreads TBR! I've never heard of this but by the first line of your review, I knew I was going to have to read this - lovely review, Hilda! And hooray for Cassidy, she sounds like a great character! I haven't heard about this book, but it's going on my TBR now!

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